Facebook to end 'newsworthiness' exemption for politicians

  • Facebook to end 'newsworthiness' exemption for politicians

Facebook to end 'newsworthiness' exemption for politicians

It was in response to that call that Facebook made the decision to uphold the suspension for a set period of two years.

Trump has been prohibited from posting to Facebook (as well as other social media platforms) since the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol. The social media giant is now mulling over what to do with the account of former President Donald Trump, which it "indefinitely" suspended January 6, leaving it in Facebook limbo with its owners unable to post.

This will include evaluating "instances of violence, restrictions on peaceful assembly and other markers of civil unrest", and if the company finds it still perceives the account to be a risk, the suspension will be extended. (It was just over 74 million votes.) He also continued his baseless attacks on the legitimacy of the election. "Our Country can't take this abuse anymore!" he said.

As The Verge notes, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and other executives have said the company should not fact check or remove posts from politicians.

Facebook's decision was also derided by left-leaning and civil rights groups who hoped it would permanently ban Trump.

The social media company has faced enormous backlash for its decision to suspend Trump from some Republican lawmakers who say the firm is censoring conservative voices.

"Donald Trump and his allies used Facebook to incite an insurrection and attempted coup of the United States Government".

The company's decision raises more questions than it answers, according to the group, whose name is a mocking reference to the panel of outside legal and human rights experts the company convened to review its most hard content decisions.

Facebook has come under fire from those who think it should abandon its hands-off approach to political speech.

The change in the social network's policy is set to be announced as soon as Friday, according to the report. But now Facebook will no longer assume newsworthiness for the posts of world leaders, the source said. Other Democratic lawmakers claim the company allows too much misinformation and disinformation to spread across its services without facing any consequences.

Facebook has had a general "newsworthiness exemption" since 2016.

However, Facebook is not eliminating the exemption entirely. Facebook and Twitter have long held that world leaders, politicians and elected officials should be given greater latitude on their platforms than ordinary users.

The Oversight Board also said Facebook should review the case and establish a system of rules that apply to all users on its platform, including Trump.

The board's criticisms of Facebook were scathing. It slammed the company, saying, "The same rules should apply to all users of the platform".

"We know today's decision will be criticized by many people on opposing sides of the political divide", Clegg said. After posting the video, Trump again posted to his account, telling his followers to "remember this day forever".

Facebook will soon enforce content rules on politicians, The Verge reported Thursday. Trump's account may eventually be reinstated if it is determined that "the risk to public safety has receded".

Facebook said it was "committed to fully implementing" most of the board's recommendations.