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Thu Jun 3, 2021, 10:55 PM

Facebook Plans to End Hands-Off Approach to Politicians' Posts

Source: New York Times

une 3, 2021Updated 9:27 p.m. ET

SAN FRANCISCO — Facebook plans to announce on Friday that it will no longer keep posts by politicians up on its site by default if their speech breaks its rules, said two people with knowledge of the company’s plans, reversing how it has allowed posts from political figures to remain untouched on the social network.

The change, which is tied to Facebook’s decision to bar former President Donald J. Trump from its site, is a retreat from a policy introduced less than two years ago, when the company said speech from politicians was newsworthy and should not be policed.

Under the change, politicians’ posts will no longer be presumed newsworthy, said the people with knowledge of the plans, who spoke on the condition of anonymity. Politicians will be subject to Facebook’s content guidelines that prohibit harassment, discrimination or other harmful speech, they said.

Read more: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/06/03/technology/facebook-politicians-posts.html



Baby steps, baby steps, but this is certainly progress. There's a lot more cleaning up that needs to be done.

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Warpy Jun 2021 OP
BigmanPigman Jun 2021 #1
Roy Rolling Jun 2021 #3
GB_RN Jun 2021 #4
BigmanPigman Jun 2021 #7
soothsayer Jun 2021 #2
Mike Nelson Jun 2021 #5
BlueIdaho Jun 2021 #6

Response to Warpy (Original post)

Thu Jun 3, 2021, 11:49 PM

1. Too late Fakebook and Fuckerberg. YOU knowingly killed our democracy!!!

The traitors sold their country. All that matters to them is $$$$$$...just like the GQP who they supported and continue to support. BOYCOTT Facebook!!!! The Pro-Hate filled monopoly should have been destroyed years ago. They want to destroy the US as much as Putin does, just not as obviously.

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Response to BigmanPigman (Reply #1)

Fri Jun 4, 2021, 05:28 AM

3. Mindless Capitalism

It’s what happens when billion$ are given to college kids for a chick scoring system. What did we expect? Ginsburg?

He didn’t care where his cash came from, as long as it was spendable. And when informed what Russia and propagandists/cultists wanted in exchange, he played dumb.

Which was why he has that stupid haircut—character acting.

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Response to Roy Rolling (Reply #3)

Fri Jun 4, 2021, 09:15 AM

4. Haircut Covers Up His Baldness

But it reminds me of statues of Julius Caesar, etc. same with his vacant stare.

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Response to GB_RN (Reply #4)

Fri Jun 4, 2021, 06:23 PM

7. Bingo!

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Response to Warpy (Original post)

Thu Jun 3, 2021, 11:55 PM

2. Hmm. Getting ready to give him back his bull-ess pulpit?

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Response to Warpy (Original post)

Fri Jun 4, 2021, 11:13 AM

5. Well...

... this seals his doom. They were already removing The Donald's absurd rants. He won't be able to use Facebook - every post would be a dangerous lie.

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Response to Warpy (Original post)

Fri Jun 4, 2021, 04:53 PM

6. Took them long enough...

Politicians should never be above the law and that includes social networks TOS. FWIW, Trump should be banned for life for his abuse of the platform.

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