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Facebook Appeases Trump as Twitter Spars With Him Over Posts

  • Facebook is dealing with a life-threatening antitrust probe
  • Twitter is looking to distinguish itself from larger rivals

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Twitter Inc. and Facebook Inc. have both inflamed Donald Trump, but the social networks have taken nearly opposite approaches to politics and the president.

For the first time, Twitter has begun slapping fact-checks on presidential tweets. Facebook, however, has adopted a more hands-off strategy, saying it wants to be the online equivalent of the public square, shying away from judging which politicians’ statements are true and which are false.