Facebook’s Sir Nick Clegg was involved in the controversial decision to reduce the social media distribution of a New York Post story which was based on the alleged emails of Joe Biden’s son.
The decision, which has caused uproar with less than three weeks to the US election, was lambasted as politically motivated censorship by senior Republicans, who accused Facebook of “acting as Joe Biden’s PR team”.
Facebook’s move was announced on Wednesday by Andy Stone, its policy communications director.
It is understood that the vast majority of decisions on content moderation at Facebook are made automatically by artificial intelligence or comparatively low-paid contract workers.
However, a small number of cases, which are considered culturally, socially, or politically sensitive, are escalated through a chain of executives.