Facebook plans to end a controversial policy championed by CEO Mark Zuckerberg, which exempts politicians from certain moderation rules on its site, according to reports from tech site The Verge, The New York Times and The Washington Post. .
The change in policy was first reported by tech site The Verge on Thursday and later confirmed by The New York Times and The Washington Post.
Facebook has had a general “newsworthiness exemption” since 2016. But it gained attention in 2019 when Nick Clegg, vice president of global affairs and communications, announced that politicians’ speech would be “considered as newsworthy material, which, as a general rule, should be seen and heard.” is.”
The newsworthiness exemption, he explained in a blog post at the time, means that if “anyone makes a statement or shares a post that breaks our community standards we will allow it on our platform if we believe it is.” There is a greater public interest in seeing the risk of harm.”
However, it has not given unlimited license to politicians. When Facebook suspended Trump in January, it cited “the risk of further inciting violence” following the deadly uprising at the US Capitol as the reason. The company says it has never used the news qualification exemption for any of Trump’s posts.
Facebook declined to comment.