Facebook Bans Team from ‘Fact-Checking’ Trump after He Announces 2024 Campaign

Facebook has reportedly banned its so-called “fact-checkers” from “debunking” President Donald Trump after he announced his 2024 presidential run on Tuesday.

According to a CNN report, Facebook sent a memo to the “fact-checking” department to remind them that, when Trump officially announces his 2024 campaign, he is off-limits.

The memo said: “Some of you have reached out seeking guidance regarding fact-checking political speech in anticipation of a potential candidacy announcement from former President Trump.

“Political speech is ineligible for fact-checking.

“This includes the words a politician says as well as photo, video, or other content that is clearly labeled as created by the politician or their campaign.

“If former President Trump makes a clear, public announcement that he is running for office, he would be considered a politician under our program policies.”

CNN reporter Donie O’Sullivan said:

“Facebook sent a memo to its fact-checkers this afternoon telling them if Trump announces he’s running for president tonight they can no longer fact-check anything he says.

“It’s not just Trump who gets an exception to the Meta fact-checking rules, all politicians/candidates do.

“But there were enough questions about Trump that a manager on Meta’s ‘news integrity partnership’ team sent the memo reminding fact-checkers earlier today.

“Trump is banned from Facebook and Instagram at the moment — although he may be allowed back on as soon as January.

“However, the page Team Trump, run by a Trump-affiliated group is still live and has 2.3 million followers.”

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According to CNN:

Andy Stone, a Meta spokesperson, said the memo was “a reiteration of our long-standing policy should not be news to anyone.”

…Trump has not been allowed to post on his Facebook and Instagram accounts since the days following the January 6, 2021, [riot at] the US Capitol. 

However, Meta plans on considering allowing Trump back on the platform as soon as January – two years since his initial ban.

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By David Hawkins

David Hawkins is a writer who specializes in political commentary and world affairs. He's been writing professionally since 2014.

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