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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has responded to a boycott from major advertisers including consumer giant Unilever, which have pulled ads from the social network in an attempt to force the platform to censor more constitutionally protected speech.

In a post on his personal page, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg promised to add “warning labels” to posts from political figures that violate the platform’s rules, a similar policy that Twitter has used to censor President Donald Trump’s tweets.

Zuckerberg said:

A handful of times a year, we leave up content that would otherwise violate our policies if the public interest value outweighs the risk of harm. Often, seeing speech from politicians is in the public interest, and in the same way that news outlets will report what a politician says, we think people should generally be able to see it for themselves on our platforms.

We will soon start labeling some of the content we leave up because it is deemed newsworthy, so people can know when this is the case. We’ll allow people to share this content to condemn it, just like we do with other problematic content, because this is an important part of how we discuss what’s acceptable in our society — but we’ll add a prompt to tell people that the content they’re sharing may violate our policies.

Zuckerberg also said that certain types of content from political figures could be censored altogether:

To clarify one point: there is no newsworthiness exemption to content that incites violence or suppresses voting. Even if a politician or government official says it, if we determine that content may lead to violence or deprive people of their right to vote, we will take that content down.

This comes after nearly a year of pressure from Democrats, including the Biden campaign, for Facebook to censor content from President Trump. Until now, Facebook has pushed back on this pressure, refusing requests from the Biden campaign to censor Trump’s ads.
While Zuckerberg’s post did not say it would ban Trump’s ads specifically, it does contain a new ban on “hateful” ads that leaves wide room for interpretation:

We’re expanding our ads policy to prohibit claims that people from a specific race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, caste, sexual orientation, gender identity or immigration status are a threat to the physical safety, health or survival of others.

Pointing out the empirical that mass illegal immigration leads to rising crime and disorder was a major element of Trump’s 2016 campaign, and also features strongly in the campaigns of European right-wing populists such as Matteo Salvini and Viktor Orban, who have enjoyed considerable electoral success over the past five years.
Zuckerberg also announced the creation of a “Voting Information Center to share authoritative information on how and when you can vote.” This will include information on “voter registration, voting by mail and early voting.”

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15 Comments
  • Ann says:

    Facebooks says they are against voter suppression. That’s a laugh!! That’s contradictory to the long held practice of the political party they support who use every opportunity to cheat at the ballot box. Whether it’s ballot harvesting, dead people voting, voting multiple times because no ID is required, these fraudulent practices suppress honest votes. Everybody knows the Dems have been doing this for years. They are the party of liars, cheaters, and criminals.

  • Freedom fighter says:

    Meanwhile China and Iran are free to post any propaganda or hateful thing they want, and the democrats can post any lie unchallenged. Zuckerberg, you need to be taken down a notch and your company dismantled. You’re too big, and with that size comes power. As a wise man once said, power corrupts. Absolute power corrupts absolutely, and you now feel you have absolute power of social media.

  • Sarah says:

    Move away from Fascist book and twitter. Parler.com is a free speech outlet that’s become very popular due to their lack of censorship.

  • SJ says:

    What a weak, pathetic man!!!

  • Fran says:

    Facebook and Twitter is full of hatred and violence towards white People but conservatives are the only ones getting censored. So the only ones that have free speech are the hateful racist Liberals and Terrorist! EVIL!!!!

  • Frank Allen says:

    In order for Zuckerberg to HONESTLY apply the above constraints on Facebook, he must also delete or place warning labels on all Anti-white posts. He cannot be selective, banning only conservative posts while allowing unrestricted anti-white posts even if he agrees with them, because to do so would be hypocrisy. He also must ban all anti-Trump posts that resort to vicious ad hominem attacks against the president. If he does not do this, then he is nothing more than a lackey of the Democratic party, and not an honest, law-abiding citizen bent on providing a safe and fair platform for all people to discuss issues. I have seen utterly despicable BLM material posted in Facebook calling for the destruction of this country and for the killing of all whites, quite obviously inciting violence and mayhem, and Zuckerberg has yet to address any of these. Mark grow a pair and do the right thing, not just the expedient thing.

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