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Facebook says it will flag all "newsworthy" posts from politicians, including President Donald Trump, that may incite violence, suppress voting or break its other content rules. (June 26)
MARK ZUCKERBERG: We're going to start labeling content that we find newsworthy, that might otherwise violate our policies. We're going to add a prompt to tell people that the content that they're sharing may violate our policies. There's no newsworthy exemption to content that incites violence or suppresses voting, even if a politician or government official says it. If we determine the content may lead to violence or deprive people of their right to vote, we're going to take that content down no matter who says it.
BARBARA ORTUTAY: So today, Facebook announced some elections related policy changes. The most important of which was that they're going to start labeling posts that violate their rules, even if they were posted by a politician, like President Donald Trump. They've been under pressure from civil rights groups to clamp down on hate speech and abuse on their platforms. And they're also saying that it's because this year's elections are coming up in about four months, and social media is going to be a huge player in these elections. The company announced this on the same day that one of the world's largest advertisers Unilever said that they will be stopping all ads on Facebook for the rest of the year because of hate speech and because of divisions that they say the company creates among people.