I want to like Facebook creator and CEO, Mark Zuckerberg. He continuously expresses wisdom when it comes to the way social media tech giants should approach the publisher vs. platform question.
To be clear, social media outlets are considered “platforms,” making their content all user-generated. This ultimately takes the liability off of a platform for whatever is posted on it. So, if anyone posts copyrighted material or publishes something completely false, the platform itself cannot be considered at fault. Publishers, however, have control over what is and isn’t allowed on their site and, as such, can be held liable for anything said or done on their platform.
Zuckerberg has expressed that, when it comes to social media platforms like his, it’s not his business to decide what is and isn’t truthful. According to Fox News, he reiterated this during an interview set to air Thursday: