Facebook to Reverse Protection for Political Speech

by Penka Arsova
LaCorte News

Facebook reportedly intends to nix its rule that shielded politicians on the platform from some scrutiny from the company and its fact-checkers.

How we got here: Facebook has, in recent years, faced mounting criticism from conservatives who accused the platform of bias against their political beliefs.

The company jas rejected such claims and said that it tries to stay away from politics as much as possible, pointing to its policy that allows political speech on the platform to go largely unchecked. That means it’s not subject to the company’s strikes and other penalties like regular users when their content is deemed to break Facebook’s rules.

In 2019, Facebook vice president of global affairs, Nick Clegg, said that Facebook will view political speech as “newsworthy” and therefore should be “seen and heard.” Facebook also said politicians’ original posts will be exempt from its third-party “fact-checking” program, for the most part.

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