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Don't make social media tech bro billionaires the arbiters of truth

Posted On: 30 May 2020   |   Posted By: Business Insider

Don't make social media tech bro billionaires the arbiters of truth

It's hard to believe that in an election year, during a pandemic and an economic catastrophe, we're talking about regulating Twitter. But thanks to Trump's latest executive order, we are.
The progressive left and the MAGA right both distrust Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey. And yet for some reason they want both of them to be the online political speech police.
There's no perfectly morally-balanced apolitical genius - in Silicon Valley or government or anywhere else - that has the insight to fairly arbitrate what's a destructive lie or a typical politician's fib.
Twitter and Facebook's small measures at fact-checking will not make the internet a more honest place, but they're a better option than empowering extraordinarily rich, profit-driven business people as the gatekeepers for political speech.
This is an opinion column. The thoughts expressed are those of the author.
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