Facebook wants to end preferential treatment for politicians

Not all users are equal in social networks. If you are a head of state or a politician, the moderators on platforms like Facebook or Twitter may be more tolerant of you.

This policy is fully adopted, whether from Facebook or Twitter. In 2019, Nick Clegg, VP of Global Affairs and Communications said: “I announced that from now on we will treat speeches by politicians as newsworthy content that should normally be seen and heard. However, in line with the principle that we have different standards for content for which we receive payment, this does not apply to ads. If someone chooses to post an ad on Facebook, they must still adhere to our community standards and advertising guidelines. “

In 2020, the Twitter account @SuspendThePres had also received this preferential treatment by tweeting exactly the same thing as former President Trump. And while Donald Trump was able to keep his account (until the ban after the Capitol Invasion), @SuspendThePres was suspended from Twitter while the content was identical.

But the good news is that those who oppose this special treatment on Facebook may ultimately win their case. In fact, according to a new rumor, Facebook is preparing to end this policy and an announcement could be made today.

In any case, this is what The Verge site indicates. According to him, that decision would have been made after the Board of Directors (the Supreme Court’s equivalent in terms of moderation on Facebook) confirmed the suspension of Donald Trump’s account following the Capitol invasion.

A decision that would be linked to the Trump case

In its decision, the Council also criticizes Facebook’s moderation policy, particularly with regard to heads of state. “The Council stresses that heads of state and senior government officials are more likely than other people to cause harm. If a head of state or high-ranking government official repeatedly posts messages that pose a risk of harm according to international human rights standards, Facebook must block the affected account for a sufficient period of time. Protection against this impending damage ”, we read in this document.

But at the moment it’s just a rumor, of course. And we have to wait for an announcement from Facebook to get a confirmation (or a rejection).

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