The world’s largest social media giants, Twitter and Facebook, continue to brazenly ban, suspend, and shadowban the accounts of conservatives and Trump supporters, eradicating the First Amendment rights America was built on with each “violation of community rules” notice issued by their thought police.
Amid irrefutable proof right-leaning viewpoints are being censored on the monopolistic platforms under the guise of wrestling “hate speech,” Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey slammed his Facebook counterpart this week over Mark Zuckerberg’s “flawed” approach to free speech.
Days after Zuckerberg gave a lengthy speech championing “free expression” at Georgetown University, warning against the perils of censorship in communist China, Dorsey launched an attack against his social network counterpart.
“I think he had points that I agree with,” he said. “I think the more important conversation is what was left out.”
Zuckerberg claimed during his address on Friday Facebook favors allowing people to say whatever they want in the name of the American tradition of free speech. He repeatedly referenced the civil rights movement and grassroots campaigns, arguing he and his company emulate the precedents of free expression spearheaded by civil rights leaders, including Martin Luther King Jr.
The 35-year-old billionaire touted his decision to allow President Donald Trump to run ads without fact checking them as evidence Facebook’s approach to content allows the marketplace of ideas to foster.
Dorsey blasted Zuckerberg for designing Facebook’s algorithm to promote posts that users pay for, allowing them to reach a wider audience, rather than allow users to organically develop virality with “earned reach.”
“We talk a lot about speech and expression, and we don’t talk about reach enough, and we don’t talk about amplification. And reach and amplification was not represented in that speech,” he continued. “It was a major gap and flaw in the substance he was getting across,” he added.
Zuckerberg explained in his speech that he developed a prototype of Facebook in the early 2000s while attending Harvard to provide students with a tool to rate their peers attractiveness. His concept then morphed into designing a forum that would facilitate discussion and debate about the U.S. war in Iraq, a claim he made for the first time.
Dorsey shot back against his fellow social media exec’s account of Facebook’s inception; warning Zuckerberg’s “storytelling” is counterproductive.
“There’s some amount of revisionist history in all his storytelling,” Dorsey said of Zuckerberg. “It takes away from the authenticity and the genuineness of what we’re trying to do.”
Asked whether he would join Facebook’s cryptocurrency association, Dorsey exclaimed, “Hell no.”
“Cryptocurrency wasn’t necessary for them to make that thing work. It’s not an internet open standard. It was born out of a company’s intention,” he continued. “That was not consistent with what I personally believe and want our company to stand for.”
Dorsey’s criticism of Zuckerberg come a day after the Facebook founder testified before the U.S. House Financial Services Committee. When pressed on Twitter’s policies and modus of operandi, Zuckerberg maintained he could not speak on behalf of a company he does not run.
However, Zuckerberg has taken swipes at Twitter in the past, claiming the company takes inadequate measures to prevent election interference.
In discussing Facebook’s Community Standards Enforcement Report in May, Zuckerberg argued against calls to break up his company through antitrust, arguing Facebook eclipses Twitter’s ability to effectively combat fake news.
“The amount of our budget that goes toward our safety systems is greater than Twitter’s whole revenue this year,” Zuckerberg said. “We’re able to do things that I think are just not possible for other folks to do.