Sep 25, 2019

Facebook will not fact-check politicians

Facebook says it will treat all posts by politicians as "Newsworthy content" that should "Be seen and heard". The company said politicians would be exempt from its fact-checking scheme which is designed to reduce the spread of fake news and misinformation. On Tuesday, Facebook's vice president of communications - the former Liberal Democrat leader Sir Nick Clegg - gave a speech in Washington DC. He said the company had "Made mistakes in 2016" and said Russia had tried to use Facebook to interfere with the US presidential election. Sir Nick also said Facebook would let politicians post content that breaks its rules on topics such as hate speech, as long as they did not pose a significant "Risk of harm". In the same speech given by Sir Nick on Tuesday, he urged politicians not to break up Facebook into smaller companies.

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