Facebook Will Not Fact-check Politicians, Says Their Posts Should Be “seen And Heard”

by John Wesley Reid · Sep 30th, 2019 1:56 pm

Last Updated Nov 14th, 2019 at 11:17 am

Saying it did not want to be a “referee” in the 2020 elections, Facebook announced that it will not fact-check politicians.

Facebook’s Vice President of Communications Sir Nick Clegg said the social media company had learned its mistakes in 2016 and has established new policies to prevent election manipulation:

“We rely on third-party fact-checkers to help reduce the spread of false news and other types of viral misinformation, like memes or manipulated photos and videos. We don’t believe, however, that it’s an appropriate role for us to referee political debates and prevent a politician’s speech from reaching its audience and being subject to public debate and scrutiny.”

Clegg also said politicians’ verified accounts will not be subjected to Facebook’s “hate speech” policy so as long as the content does not pose a risk of harm:

“…if someone makes a statement or shares a post which breaks our community standards we will still allow it on our platform if we believe the public interest in seeing it outweighs the risk of harm.”


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