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Facebook was expected to announce a new change in its policies: it will stop short of subjecting posts by politicians to the same independent fact-checking that other sources share. The company currently exempts politicians’ posts and ads from its third-party factchecking program and its “newsworthiness exemption” allows politicians’ rule-breaking posts on the site. Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s CEO, has long argued that the company should not police politicians’ speech. The company will continue to use the exception, but, in another significant change, will begin explicitly disclosing when the exception has been applied. A serious dispute in this matter began after former’s President Trump account was suspended. Facebook has not yet announced a decision on whether the former president will be restored to its platforms.
The board gave Facebook six months to decide on a “proportionate response” in the Trump case, which could see the former president’s account restored, permanently blocked or suspended for a definite period of time. Facebook has never been clear on what exceptions to its rules it allows for world leaders. On the other part, a new battle began Friday: activists are putting pressure on the tech giant to keep Trump off. he new $200,000 campaign by nonprofits Accountable Tech and Media Matters for America urges Facebook not to reinstate Trump’s accounts. The two groups say they’re prepared to spend more on future campaigns depending on what Facebook does.