Facebook Gets The Attention Of World Leaders

Now that Facebook has suspended President Donald Trump  – again – and has announced that his suspension will be for two years, the social media giant is spreading the word that they will share with the world how they go about striking out politicians for their posts on the platform.

And not only that, anything politicians have to say will be put under an extra microscope for scrutiny and “fact-checking.”

The company will also now disclose when a politician’s post violates its rules and has been given a newsworthiness exemption. Facebook first unveiled policies in 2019 that allowed political leaders certain exemptions, claiming that even their false comments are newsworthy.

Posts made by politicians will still now be reviewed by fact-checkers for truthfulness as many have accused Facebook’s independent fact-checkers of bias in the past. The policy change comes after Facebook’s independent Oversight Board announced in May that it was upholding the platform’s decision to suspend former President Trump on January 7.

“However, it was not appropriate for Facebook to impose the indeterminate and standardless penalty of indefinite suspension. Facebook’s normal penalties include removing the violating content, imposing a time-bound period of suspension, or permanently disabling the page and account,” the Oversight Board wrote in its decision.

And so, essentially, if a politician says something that the people paying the fact-checkers don’t want in the public sphere, the politician’s words will be censored away from public viewing.

So much for the freedom of speech if it defies a narrative.

Stifling alternative viewpoints and silencing critics is exactly what freedom of speech and expression is supposed to oppose. That is not what the founders of the United States had in mind when they wrote the first amendment and then passed it into law. Robust discussion and conversation are essential for the health of the nation.

And the social media giants are trying to silence opposing voices.

Think about that for a while.

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Larry Folds
Larry Folds
June 9, 2021 11:01 am

This Zucker-weasel-tin-horn-would-be-dictator should be arrested anywhere in the States where he may reside and charged with treason against the Constitution of this land. If politicians aren’t going to protect this country from the people who want to destroy it, then perhaps the people need to act. It is breathtaking that a President of the United States of America is treated in this way and the opposing party are the ones encouraging it. I say damn the democrats and all who share their views if they are not going to support the rights of their opponents. Oh, how the worm will… Read more »