In recent years, Facebook has applied a “newsworthy” status to some political accounts, which are not subject to the same fact-checking requirements or content moderation rules as other users on its platform.
Facebook plans to end this policy, however, in a shocking reversal that could have drastic ramifications when it comes to free speech online, according to The Verge.
“We don’t believe … 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,” said Facebook vice president of global affairs, Nick Clegg, in 2019. “That’s why Facebook exempts politicians from our third-party fact-checking program.”
After noting that politicians are eligible for fact-checking if they share “previously debunked content,” Clegg continued to explain Facebook’s “newsworthiness exemption.”
“Today, I announced that from now on we will treat speech from politicians as newsworthy content that should, as a general rule, be seen and heard. However, in keeping with