Facebook gives politicians a new opportunity on newsworthy items

Facebook gives politicians a new opportunity on newsworthy items

- Facebook says it will no longer vet messages from politicians in their attempt to reach their targets

- The organisation affirms making a mistake in 2016 with an attempt by Russia to use it to interfere in the United States election

- The social medium, however, has not defined who the politicians should be

Politicians will now be treated specially on Facebook as the social medium has said it will henceforth consider their posts as newsworthy items not open to fact-checking.

It added that it would treat such posts from politicians as messages that should be seen and heard.

A report by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) said the organisation would now exempt politicians from its fact-checking policy in which posts are vetted to ensure that they are true.

According to Facebook, it would want to free politicians to carry out their debates rather than acting as a umpire or gatekeeper between their messages and their audience.

The report noted that Sir Nick Clegg, vice president (communications) of Facebook, spoke recently in Washington DC, United States, saying the medium made some mistakes in 2016.

According to him, Russia attempted to use Facebook to interfere in the presidential election in the US adding that steps were taken to frustrate the effort.

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Sir Nick explained that Facebook would now allow politicians to politicians break its rules on what to post as long as such is not considered risky or harmful.

The organisation did not, however, define who should be tagged with the ‘title’.

Legit.ng reported earlier that the federal government on Wednesday, July 11, admonished Nigerians not to share any information for which they cannot vouch on Facebook, Twitter or WhatsApp.

The warning is targeted at curtailing fake news menace, according to the minister of information and culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed.

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Source: YEN.com.gh

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