Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook, said: The platform will remove Trump’s posts if they violate the company’s standards, marking the first direct challenge to US President (Donald Trump) in the run-up to the November presidential election.
The statement represented a departure from Facebook’s previous policy that refused to regulate content posted by elected leaders.
Sandberg said in an interview with (MSNBCAfter being asked about the company’s monitoring of Trump’s pre-election speech in November: When the president violates our hate speech standards or gives wrong information about voter suppression or the coronavirus, that should stop.
In an effort to protect election integrity, Facebook last week announced a Voting Information Center linking American voters with accurate voting information ahead of the 2020 elections.
The social networking giant, who faced criticism earlier for failing to keep foreign players with malicious intent away from its platform during the 2016 US presidential election, said the Voting Information Center would be available on Facebook and Instagram.
Faced with ad boycott from more than 400 advertisers and disruption from its employees, Sandberg said earlier: The company is working to remove hate speech from the platform not for financial reasons or due to advertiser pressure, but because it is the right thing to do.
And last month, the social networking giant began adding labels to Facebook posts from federal politicians and presidential candidates that contain official information on how to vote, so that people can easily access the latest official election information.
Facebook said: It has built one of the most advanced systems in the world to combat election interference, and it is always working to improve it.
The company is currently facing political pressure in India over allegations that it favors the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party over its social media platform.
Leaders of the BJP, who have been at the center of the controversy that erupted after a report in The Wall Street Journal alleging that Facebook’s content policies favor the BJP, have denied posting any social media posts that have the potential to stir societal sentiment.
Facebook employees criticized the company earlier this summer when it decided not to remove or amend Trump posts in late May, in which he referred to the Black Lives Matter protests.
However, earlier this month, the company deleted Trump’s post of a video in which he claimed that children were almost immune to the Coronavirus, and Facebook said: It removed the post because it contained a false claim.