Major Twitter investor and ex-Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said social networks aren’t currently able to prevent fake news.
But he does think they can help curb it.
With companies like Facebook, Twitter and Google Bloomberg TV on Monday that he’d like those companies to adopt a system that lets users know whether they’re getting news from a trusted source., Ballmer told
He compared his plan to Twitter’s blue-checkmark “verified” badge. Last week, Facebook introduced a feature offering context on articles posted on users’ newsfeed. This includes a button that launches a pop-up window providing details about the article and its publisher.
Ballmer’s comments come ason the social network that were seen by 10 million people. Two weeks ago, on its platform connected to the buyers of the Facebook ads. And according to reports on Monday, a Google investigation found that on YouTube, Gmail and Google search.
Twitter, Facebook and Google officials are expected to testify before Congress about Russian influence on their platforms on Nov. 1.
When asked about Twitter’s, Ballmer said while he believes in free speech, all social networks need to take action to remove “wholly inappropriate” content.
“There is a line once crossed, you need to make sure you are moving that stuff out of the public sphere,” he said.
Regarding President Donald Trump’s at-times controversial tweets, Ballmer said Trump has a right to be heard. Ballmer’s comments echo a similar sentiment byas the company has .
“It’s what he’s thinking,” Ballmer said about Trump. “And every voter probably benefits from the ability to hear it directly.”
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