A few days ago Kara Swisher sat down with Mark Zuckerberg and asked him what Facebook's policy is wrt false news, as he called it. I heard three things that I'm trying to make sense of:
1. If something is verifiably false, it should be taken down.
2. Facebook should not be the organization that determines what is true.
3. Everyone gets things wrong sometimes, so getting things wrong should not be a reason to be taken off the platform, only a reason to become less relevant in the feed. He gave a specific example:
Let’s take this a little closer to home. So I’m Jewish, and there’s a set of people who deny that the Holocaust happened. I find that deeply offensive. But at the end of the day, I don’t believe that our platform should take that down because I think there are things that different people get wrong — I don’t think that they’re intentionally getting it wrong. It’s hard to impugn intent and to understand the intent. I just think as important as some of those examples are, I think the reality is also that I get things wrong when I speak publicly. I’m sure you do. I’m sure a lot of leaders and public leaders who we respect do, too. I just don’t think that it is the right thing to say we are going to take someone off the platform if they get things wrong, even multiple times.
👆That quote was in response to being asked about Infowars claiming the Sandy Hook massacre was fake but not bumping Infowars from Facebook.
What would you have us do on Cake?