CNBC: Facebook’s Nick Clegg: Calling Facebook’s new rules not ambitious is unfair

Facebook will be deploying new US election-year policies on their platform and will be banning new political ads which declare premature victory polls.

In the video with CNBC, he defends Facebook’s position with the CNBC anchor suggesting that Facebook’s position is ‘piecemeal’ and ‘reactionary’.

Nick references that off the back of coronavirus, they have directed 2 billion users to to authoritative sources, which they will look to mimic in the November US elections.

New Facebook US Election Policies
  • Banning new political ads in a week before election
  • Remove posts claiming voting leads to contracting COVID-19
  • Flag content delegitimizing election outcome
  • Flag premature victory declarations

Nick Clegg on the Andrew Marr Show Today

Today, Nick Clegg was on the Andrew Marr show where he was quizzed by Andrew Marr on Facebook’s role in preventing “fake news” on its platform with an emphasis on the upcoming US elections in November.

You can see how he responded to the question on whether Facebook would require politicians to tell the truth if they were advertising on the platform. He responded with “no” citing that in order for the platform to allow free speech then these ads would need to continue – see the video below below:

Will Facebook fact check ads in the US elections?

Ads from PACs and super PACs would be fact checked, but words from politicians would not be said the Vice President for Facebook, Nick Clegg.

He cited that US broadcasters have the same approach to what Facebook has deployed on its platforms and says that they are “not allowed by law to vet the accuracy of what politicians say”. Marr cites that the fact that Twitter had declared to ban all political ads.

Clegg defends Facebook’s position vs Twitter’s by saying that by banning all political speech on Facebook, you only help the incumbents — and says that opposition would have less of a voice.