New York (Doc Platt): Facebook plans to remove guidelines that give special protection to politicians for posting content that is not allowed to others, according to a technology website. On the edge.
The change comes at a time when Facebook plans to respond to the organization’s independent oversight panel’s recommendation.
Former US President Donald Trump was banned from social media such as Twitter, Facebook and Instagram after the January 6 terrorist attack on Congress. In early May, Facebook’s oversight panel said it had six months for the company to decide whether to allow Trump back on stage.
In recent years, Facebook has been struggling to figure out how to break the guidelines that world leaders and politicians can post when they break the rules. Both Facebook and Twitter have long given politicians more freedom to express themselves than other users, writes Reuters.
In his statement on Trump, the board of supervisors also advised that the same rules apply to all users. The council pointed out that state leaders and other government officials are more powerful and can do more damage.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has long argued that the company should not moderate statements from politicians. He justifies this exception, saying politicians have news value to say.
In the United States, however, Facebook’s practices have generated great dissatisfaction among Trump supporters and opponents alike.
– A machine
Trump critics believe he has been allowed to spread lies to large sections of the population.
“Facebook is a machine that spreads misinformation against payments and does not accept its responsibility for its role in democracy and the protection of the people,” Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren wrote on Twitter in May.
Trump supporters believe even the biggest tech companies are censoring him. That criticism has grown in strength since he was expelled from all major social media sites in January.
“Separate them,” wrote Trump ally Jim Jordan Twitter May.
It is not yet clear whether Trump will be allowed to return to the stage. The former president closed his 29-day blog on Wednesday, but has indicated he plans to launch his own media site.