Facebook will end special treatment for politicians after Trump ban

Facebook will end special treatment for politicians after Trump ban


Facebook will scrap a controversial policy that gives politicians special freedom to break content rules after the firm upheld its decision to block former President Donald Trump, according to a report Thursday.

The change will make lawmakers and other elected officials subject to the same moderation rules as everybody else — including ones requiring fact-checking and forbidding bullying, according to The Verge.

The company will also begin revealing when it gives politicians a so-called “newsworthiness exemption” — a term the tech giant has previously been secretive about defining and disclosing, the tech news outlet reported.

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Facebook is expected to announce the specifics of the new policy as soon as Friday.

Its Oversight Board — an independent group funded by the company to review its actions — found last month that “same rules should apply to all users.” The board gave Facebook until June 5 to respond to its recommendation.

The company also plans to shed light on the system

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