A social media platform, Facebook has said it will henceforth treat politicians specially and consider their posts as newsworthy items not open to fact-checking.
A report by the British Broadcasting Corporation, BBC, said the organisation would now exempt politicians from its fact-checking policy in which posts are vetted to ensure that they are true.
According to Facebook, it would want to free politicians to carry out their debates rather than acting as an umpire or gatekeeper between their messages and their audience.
Vice president (communications) of Facebook, Sir Nick Clegg, in a recent speech in Washington DC, United States, acknowledged that the medium made some mistakes in 2016.
Mr Nick explained that Facebook would now allow politicians to break its rules on what to post as long as such is not considered risky or harmful.
According to him, Russia attempted to use Facebook to interfere in the presidential election in the US adding that steps were taken to frustrate the effort.
Speaking on the development, the minister of information and culture, Lai Mohammed, said the warning is targeted at curtailing fake news menace.
Recall that the Nigerian government on July 11, admonished Nigerians not to share any information for which they cannot vouch on Facebook, Twitter or WhatsApp.