Facebook to bar politicians from posting abusive or deceptive content By Reuters

Facebook to bar politicians from posting abusive or deceptive content By Reuters

Facebook to bar politicians from posting abusive or deceptive content By Reuters

Twitter took a similar stance throughout Trump's presidency.

"This decision only goes to underline the enormous, unchecked power of Facebook and its repeated failure to police its platform", a coalition calling itself the Real Facebook Oversight Board said in a statement. "Our Country can't take this abuse anymore!" he said.

"Facebook's ruling is an insult to the record-setting 75M people, plus many others, who voted for us in the 2020 Rigged Presidential Election", Trump said, though there is no evidence that fraud decided the 2020 presidential election.

"If we determine that there is still a serious risk to public safety, we will extend the restriction for a set period of time and continue to re-evaluate until that risk has receded", Clegg said.

Trump, who was impeached by the House of Representatives on the charge of "incitement of insurrection" in January, had his Facebook and Instagram accounts suspended the day after a mob of his supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol in an effort to block the certification of Electoral College votes showing that Joe Biden had beaten him in the November 3 election.

This will include evaluating "instances of violence, restrictions on peaceful assembly and other markers of civil unrest", and if the company finds it still perceives the account to be a risk, the suspension will be extended.

When Trump's suspension is lifted, he will face strict sanctions that could rapidly escalate to permanent removal from the social network for rule-breaking, according to Clegg. The social media giant is now mulling over what to do with the account of former President Donald Trump, which it "indefinitely" suspended January 6, leaving it in Facebook limbo with its owners unable to post. Facebook says it will publish a post when makes allowances for newsworthy posts.

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In a major reversal that also came as part of Facebook's Friday responses to its oversight board, Facebook said it was "removing the presumption we announced in 2019 that speech from politicians is inherently of public interest".

Facebook has come under fire from those who think it should abandon its hands-off approach to political speech, but has also been criticized by those, including Republican lawmakers and some free-expression advocates, who saw the Trump ban as a disturbing act of censorship.

The board also recommended Facebook review its role in the election fraud conspiracy that led to the January 6 siege, which Facebook said it would partially implement through its partnership with academics studying the role it played in the 2020 US elections.

However, a Facebook spokesman confirmed politicians' posts will remain exempt from third-party fact-checking.

Facebook could announce the change as soon as this week, per the report.

Facebook and Twitter now have rules that give world leaders, elected officials and political candidates greater latitude than ordinary users. It's making public its system of "strikes" and penalties for accounts that break the rules, and explaining how it reviews posts by high-profile "public figures". It slammed the company, saying, "The same rules should apply to all users of the platform".

Facebook said it was "committed to fully implementing" most of the board's recommendations.

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