Facebook plans to stop protecting politicians from content moderation after Donald Trump posted controversial comments for years before being permanently suspended in January over the Capitol riots, it has been reported.
The social media giant will announce the policy reversal once Facebook has faced international criticism for its hands-off approach to moderating controversial posts from government officials such as Trump, The edge reported.
Sources told the outlet that Facebook also plans to reveal details about its secret policies that include strikes that could lead to suspensions for violating content rules. Facebook will reportedly tell users when they have received a warning.
The company will also now reveal when the post of a politician allegedly violating the rules will receive a special newsworthiness exemption, The Verge reported. Facebook first unveiled a policy in 2019 that allowed political leaders to make certain exceptions, claiming that even their false comments are newsworthy.
Messages from politicians still won’t be judged by independent fact-checkers for veracity — as Facebook works to fight disinformation on the platform — but more enforcement could be imposed for violating other Facebook rules like bullying, according to The Verge.
Facebook plans to stop protecting politicians from content moderation
Facebook first unveiled a policy in 2019 that allowed political leaders to make certain exceptions, claiming that even their false comments are newsworthy
Trump, left, welcomes Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to the White House in September 2019
Trump spent years posting controversial comments before being permanently suspended in January over the Capitol riots
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The policy changes come after Facebook’s independent Oversight Board announced in May that it was upholding its decision to suspend Trump on January 7, the day after the deadly Capitol riot.
“However, it was not appropriate for Facebook to impose the indefinite and non-standard penalty of indefinite suspension. Facebook’s normal penalties include removing the infringing content, imposing a time-limited suspension period, or permanently disabling the page and account,” the spokesperson said. Supervisory Board wrote.
The Oversight Board demanded that Facebook review its policies and advised the company to “develop clear, necessary and proportionate policies that promote public safety and respect freedom of expression.”
“The Council argued that it is not always helpful to make a clear distinction between political leaders and other influential users, recognizing that other users with large audiences can also contribute to serious risks of harm,” the Council wrote. Supervision.
The Oversight Board provided Facebook with a number of policy recommendations that it gave the company to… June 5 to respond, The Verge reported.
Facebook has notoriously taken a loose approach to what elected officials, not just Trump, can get away with posting to its platforms.
Even Mark Zuckerberg, the CEO and co-founder of Facebook, has said the company is not in the business of controlling “free speech.”
“I’m here today because I think we should stand up for free speech,” Zuckerberg said in a 2019… speech at Georgetown University’s Gaston Hall.
Nick Clegg, Facebook’s vice president of global affairs, clarified its policy of exempting political leaders in a statement also issued in 2019, The Verge noted.
“We will treat speech by politicians as newsworthy content that should be seen and heard as a general rule,” Clegg said at the time.
Facebook executives said the company would only discipline political accounts for posts that resulted in bodily harm or vote discouragement. or if they have participated in illegal activities such as sharing child pornography.
In an extraordinary post, Zuckerberg accused Trump of using Facebook ‘to incite violent rebellion against a democratically elected government’
The new policy changes could have international implications for other global leaders who post controversial messages that violate company policies.
In addition to Trump, Facebook has come under criticism from users in India for allegedly “not taking action against violent comments by members of the ruling party,” The Verge reported.
However, Facebook has cracked down on foreign accounts that spread coordinated and misleading messages.
On Wednesday, Facebook also released a report entitled “May 2021 Coordinated Inauthentic Behavior Report” in which it describes its work to “find and stop coordinated campaigns that try to manipulate the public debate about our apps.”
“Our teams continue to focus on finding and removing deceptive campaigns around the world, whether they are foreign or domestic. In May, we removed two networks from three countries: Russia, Sudan and Pakistan,” the report said.
“We have shared information about our findings with industry partners, researchers, law enforcement and policy makers.”
Facebook said it was removed 83 Facebook accounts, 30 pages, six groups and 49 Instagram accounts “operated by local citizens in Sudan on behalf of individuals in Russia.”
“Our investigation revealed a connection to the network that we removed in October 2019, and we linked this latest activity to individuals linked to previous activities of the Russian Internet Investigation Agency (IRA),” the report said.
Facebook removed 40 Facebook accounts, 25 Pages, six groups and 28 Instagram accounts that originated in Pakistan and “focused mainly on domestic audiences in Pakistan, in addition to focusing on English, Arabic and Pashto-speaking audiences worldwide.”