Politicians are officially exempt from both hate speech rules and fact checking
Facebook this week finally put into writing what users—especially politically powerful users—have known for years: its community “standards” do not, in fact, apply across the whole community. Speech from politicians is officially exempt from the platform’s fact checking and decency standards
The exception to all of this is advertising, Clegg added. Standards are different for content for which the company receives payment, so if someone—even a politician or political candidate—posts ads to Facebook, those ads in theory must still meet both the community standards and Facebook’s advertising policies.