Zuckerberg's Trump dinner comments contradict political speech stance - Business Insider

  • During the same trip, Zuckerberg did two other crucial things: He stopped at Georgetown University to give a talk on political speech, and he had a private, undisclosed dinner with President Trump.
  • Even more specifically, Zuckerberg was speaking to Facebook's decision to not fact-check advertising from politicians on the massive social network he runs.
  • Simply put: "Facebook exempts politicians from our third-party fact-checking program," Facebook's vice president of global affairs and communications, Nick Clegg, said in September.
  • Facebook relies on third-party fact-checking for the majority of ads run on its social network.
  • That third-party fact-checker scrutinizes "public, newsworthy Facebook posts, including ads, with articles, photos, or videos." There is one exception to this fact-checking effort: political advertising.
  • But Zuckerberg's interest in the public being able "to see for themselves what politicians are saying" apparently ends when it comes to eating dinner with the US president.

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