Facebook to end a long time exception made for politician who break it’s rules

The  change is a part of a series of response to the Facebook oversight board’s ruling on former president Trump.

Facebook plan to announce Friday that it would no longer automatically give politicians a pass when  they break the company’s  hate speech rules, a major  reversal after years of criticism that it was too  deferential to powerful figures during the Trump presidency.

Since the 2016 election, the company has applied  a test to political speech that weighs newsworthiness  of the content against its propensity to cause harm. Now the company will throw out the first part of the test and will no longer consider newsworthiness as a factor,  according to people  familiar with the company’s thinking who spoke on the condition of anonymity  because that person was not authorised to speak publicly.

But Facebook doesn’t plan  to end the newsworthiness exception entirely. In the case  where an exception is made, the company will now disclose it publicly , the person said – after years of such decisions being  closely held . And it will also become more transparent about its strikes system for people who breaks it’s rules.

The moves , First reported by the verge are part  of a set of response to the Facebook Oversight Board’s  recommendations.The largely independent Facebook- Founded body recently ruled on whether the social network should reinstate former president Donald Trump’s account on it’s service . The  company’s  response are the first major test of how a non-government  watchdog might act as a check on the powerful social network , which is used by 3.45 billion people globally on monthly basis.

Facebook spokesman Jeff Gelman declined to comment.

Trump had been suspended from the plateform since Jan. 6, when the company determined that his posts incited violence during the Capital insurrection.But soon after , Facebook turned its decision- which it said would be enforced indefinitely – over to the Oversight Board’s to decide whether the company made the right call.

After the four months of deliberations , Oversight Board’s unexpectedly kicked the Trump decision back to the social network, giving it 6 months to decide whether to ban Trump permanently or reinstate him.

The Oversight Board’s ruled that Facebook was right to suspend Trump in the moment.  But it said that Facebook had not provided  a better rational for the indefinite suspension are not part of the Facebook policies That rational needed to be clear and transparent, the board said.

Publicly, Facebook executive have deflected blame for the events at the Capital onto other companies.The Washington Post and other have reported that rioters used Facebook to help organize.

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