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Vanita Gupta: Facebook’s new policy gives politicians free rein to spread misinformation, inflame tensions

After Facebook was implicated in the 2016 election wreckage, the company made strides to shore up the platform against future harms to our democracy. But now, Facebook is sabotaging its own efforts through a new policy: the explicit exemption of politicians’ speech from its community standards. Since 2016, Facebook has maintained a “newsworthiness” exemption, meaning content that violates community...