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Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg defends stance on politicians

Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg has defended the company's decision not to fact check politicians.

The social media network's CEO and co-founder has opened up on the stance, which means speech from politicians won't be sent to third-party checkers.

Speaking at Georgetown University this week, Zuckerberg said: "I don't think most people want to live in a world where you can only post things that tech companies judge to be 100% true."

His comments come after Facebook revealed last month that while it is trying to reduce false news and misinformation on the site, posts from politicians are seen as "newsworthy" and thus exempt from the rules.

The platform's vice president of global affairs and communications Nick Clegg previously said: "From now on we will treat speech from politicians as newsworthy content that should, as a general rule, be seen and heard.

"However, in keeping with the principle that we apply different standards to content for which we receive payment, this will not apply to ads - if someone chooses to post an ad on Facebook, they must still fall within our Community Standards and our advertising policies."

Clegg - who was Deputy Prime Minister in the UK from 2010 to 2015 - further explained how Facebook looks to determine what is permitted.

He continued: "When we make a determination as to newsworthiness, we evaluate the public interest value of the piece of speech against the risk of harm."

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