Facebook is planning to end a controversial policy backed by its CEO Mark Zuckerberg that exempted leaders on the social networking site from certain rules. This was told in the news in the media. In favor of this policy, the company argues that politicians' statements are inherently newsworthy and in the public interest, whether offensive, threatening, or controversial. The social media company is considering what to do with the account of former President Donald Trump.
Trump's account was "indefinitely" closed by the company on January 6, allowing Trump to no longer post on his account. The change in policy was first reported by tech news site The Verge and later confirmed by The New York Times and The Washington Post.
Facebook had been offering this exemption since 2016 as part of a "reportable discount" policy, but in 2019 the policy caught public attention when the company's vice president of global affairs and communications, Nick Clegg, announced that a statement from leaders shall be viewed as "reportable material" which as a general rule should be seen and heard.
He then said in a blog post that "if someone's statement or post violates our community standards and that statement appears to be in the public interest to us beyond the risk of harm, we will still allow it on our platform."
However, this has not given unlimited powers to the leaders. When Facebook shut down Trump's account in January, it cited "violence and incitement" at the US Capitol (Parliament Building) in favor of its move. The company has said that it has not used a reportable exemption policy for any of Trump's posts. Facebook, however, declined to comment in this regard.