Two satirical websites posted false headlines on Facebook saying Mark Zuckerberg is "dead" and is a "child molester" to check platform's policy
Two Australian satirical websites set up prank posts to test Facebook’s “arbiter of truth.”
One of the two companies, The Shovel, posted a fake post with the headline saying that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is dead and the second website The Chaser said that he is a “child molester.”
The eventual aim of these false headlines were to check Facebook’s reaction and challenge to Zuckerberg’s recent comments regarding his company’s stance on policing content on its platforms.
The incorrectly headlined posts follow the new executive order signed by president Trump seeking to control the giant media handling the misinformation on their platforms. This order was met harshly by Facebook for that the platform wasn’t going to turn into an “arbiter of truth.”
"I believe strongly that Facebook shouldn't be the arbiter of truth of everything that people say online," Zuckerberg told Fox News' Dana Perino on Wednesday. "I think, in general, private companies shouldn't be, especially these platform companies, shouldn't be in the position of doing that."
"I don't think we have to be the publisher and we definitely don't want to be the arbiter of truth," Facebook's chief operating officer, Sheryl Sandberg, told the BBC back in 2017, according to CNBC. "We don't think that's appropriate for us. We think everyone needs to do their part. Newsrooms have to do their part, media companies, classrooms, and technology companies."
Facebook has not immediately reacted to the satirical posts, and it’s not clear if the posts will be removed and the websites will be banned for violating the Facebook’s misinformation policy.