Facebook Posts by Politicians Will Not Be Reviewed by Third-Party Fact-Checkers

Their content will also be considered newsworthy and not subject to removal

Facebook vice president of global affairs and communications Nick Clegg provided some clarity on how the social network’s third-party fact-checkers will deal with posts from politicians and whether or not their posts will be treated as newsworthy content and exempted from its community standards.

Clegg spoke at the Atlantic Festival Tuesday in Washington, D.C., and he shared his speech in a Newsroom post.

He said politicians have been exempt from Facebook’s third-party fact-checking program for more than one year, and their organic content and ads are not eligible for review on that front, explaining, “We don’t believe … that it’s an appropriate role for us to referee political debates and prevent a politician’s speech from reaching its audience and being subject to public debate and scrutiny.”

However, if a politician shares links, videos or photos that have previously been debunked by the social network’s fact-checkers, that content will be demoted, displayed with related information...



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