Facebook Bans Politicians From Posting Misleading Content

Facebook plans to remove an exemption for politicians that allows them to post content that is considered misleading or abusive, and will apply the same standards to them as other users, The Verge has reported.

That controversial exemption, granted to politicians claiming their posts are newsworthy, could come to an end this week on the main social network, according to the news site.

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The policy change would come after an independent oversight board noted that Facebook was right to block former Republican President Donald Trump for his comments about the controversial Jan.6 invasion of the United States Congress.

Trump was suspended from Facebook and Instagram after posting a video during an attack on the Capitol by his followers, in rejection of his electoral defeat, in which he told them: "We love you, you are very special."

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The incident occurred in full certification of the victory of Democrat Joe Biden in the elections of last November.

However, the panel gave Facebook six months to justify why its ban should be permanent, putting the matter on the desk of company chief Mark Zuckerberg, and highlighting the weaknesses of the platform's self-regulatory plan.

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Oversight panel co-chair Michael McConnell stated in a May 9 interview on Fox News Sunday that Trump encouraged invaders on Capitol Hill and thus earned his Facebook ban, but stressed that the rules of the social network are in "ruins" and need to be fixed.

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