By now, readers have likely heard how one tech company has chosen to handle the social media account of the man who worked in the White House as commander in chief for four years, up until January of this year. My colleague Alex Parker, while providing a nifty timeline of former President Donald Trump’s trials and tribulations with various social media entities after the January 6 Capitol event, wrote earlier this morning about the reasons Big Tech giant Facebook gave for keeping Trump off its platform for another two years.
And as a Reuters passage he quoted in his piece notes, that ban would only goes through the midterm elections, ending in January ’23:
That timeline “denies Republican Trump a major social media megaphone ahead of the November 2022 congressional elections.”
Quite a coincidence, huh?
But practically lost in the shuffle and loud cheering by the Democrats’ legacy media friends was something else that came along with the extension news. Not that they didn’t rush out to spread the tidbit far and wide, too.
The New York Times was first to report it late Thursday, crowing in their headline and sub-headline that Facebook was getting serious, people, about these dastardly politicians, ending the “[h]ands-off approach” they’d used up to this point: (emphasis mine)
The social network, under pressure since barring former President Donald J. Trump, will no longer automatically give world leaders special treatment.
Mediaite had this:
“In Reversal, New Facebook Content Moderation Policy Will Treat Politicians the Same as All Users”
On the TV side of media, there were a couple of standouts, including this one from CNBC’s online site, which the outlet (curiously) categorized as a “Tech” story:
“Facebook reverses policy protecting politicians from engaging in harmful speech”
There’s also this from our friends at CNN Business (noticing a pattern?), who surprisingly managed to commit some journalism here by pointing out a few changes Facebook won’t be making:
The company is not reversing its controversial policy of exempting politicians from fact checking on its platform, a source familiar with the plan told CNN Business.
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