Facebook said on Friday that it will “label all newsworthy” content from everyone that break its rules, including political leaders.
Mark Zuckerberg posted on his Facebook page on Friday, the new changes on Facebook’s policy. This is after companies started pulling out their ads from the social media giant.
In the past, Zuckerberg rejected the idea of taking actions against posts that might be against Facebook’s policies, especially if “the public interest value outweighs the risk of harm”.
The Facebook CEO also said that people need to hear the politicians’ “unfiltered statements”, per an AP news.
In contrast, Twitter decided to label posts that might affect the elections or other civic processes.
The changes will “address the reality of the challenges” the US is facing, Zuckerberg said in his post. Moreover, they are the result of months of consultations and feedback from the civil rights community.
To “connect people with authoritative information about voting, crack down on voter suppression, and fight hate speech.”
Previously, Zuckerberg refused to take action against President Donald Trump’s post about the fraudulence on the use of mail-in ballots, along with his other posts. Facebook’s inaction triggered criticisms from its former employees and Trump’s opponents said the AP report.
Facebook confirmed that the changes would mean attaching information link on Trump’s post about mail-in ballots, as per Reuters.
Prior to Facebook’s statement, various organizations launched a new campaign asking big companies to pause their advertisements from Facebook.
The campaign is named, #StopHateforProfit launched by a coalition of six civil rights organizations.
“The campaign is a response to Facebook’s” record of allowing questionable content in its platform, the coalition said in its press release. In particular, “racist, violent, and verifiable false content.”
As of Saturday morning, 133 companies already confirmed pausing their advertisement from Facebook. Notable in the list are the names of big companies such as Coca-Cola, Verizon, Honda, and Unilever.
The social media platform’s shares dropped more than 8% since companies’ started boycotting the social media giant, said AP news.