NEW DELHI: A day after US President Donald Trump threatened to shut down social media over Twitter's fact check over his posts for the first time, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey asserted that the micro-blogging platform will continue to "point out incorrect or disputed information about elections globally".
"Fact check: there is someone ultimately accountable for our actions as a company, and that's me. Please leave our employees out of this. We'll continue to point out incorrect or disputed information about elections globally. And we will admit to and own any mistakes we make," Dorsey tweeted.
"This does not make us an 'arbiter of truth.' Our intention is to connect the dots of conflicting statements and show the information in dispute so people can judge for themselves. More transparency from us is critical so folks can clearly see the why behind our actions," the Twitter CEO said.
For the first time, Twitter put a warning label under two posts by Donald Trump, prompting the US president to accuse the it of "interfering" in the presidential election and even threatened to close down the social media platforms.
Twitter highlighted two of Trump''s tweets on Tuesday that falsely claimed mail-in ballots would lead to widespread voter fraud in the elections, appending a message the social media giant has introduced recently to fight misinformation or unverified claims.
"There is NO WAY (ZERO!) that Main-in Ballots will be anything less than substantially fraudulent. Mail boxes will be robbed, ballots will be forged & even illegally printed out & fraudulently signed. The Governor of California is sending Ballots to millions of people, anyone.....," Trump tweeted.
Later on Wednesday morning, Trump threatened to close down social media platforms like Twitter.
"Republicans feel that Social Media Platforms totally silence conservatives voices. We will strongly regulate, or close them down, before we can ever allow this to happen," Trump tweeted.
It must be noted that Twitter has been accused of ignoring Trump's violation of platform rules, taking digs at others personally and also inaccurate information sent to more than 80 million followers, according to an international news agency. However in the latest diatribe, Trump claimed political right in the US is being censored.
Meanwhile, its rival Facebook's chief Mark Zuckerberg, on the issue said that his company had a different policy. He said in an interview to a channel on Wednesday, "I just believe strongly that Facebook should not be the arbiter of truth of everything that people say online."
"I think, in general, private companies, especially these platform companies, shouldn't be in the position of doing that," he said.