Facebook has announced it will not remove stories that have been reported as ‘fake news’ but they will put warning labels on them after checking with Snopes and PolitiFact, the highly partisan fact checkers. These checkers, if you will, are signatories to the left-wing journalists’ Poynter International Fact-Checking Code of [BS] Principles.
The first one listed as a signatory is ABC News and one of the last is The Washington Post. Really Poynter?
They will check with ABC and WaPo also? That’s encouraging.
It’s very easy to report a story as fake news. All the trolls have to do is click under the Facebook article. The left also has these algorithms with multiple fake profiles on social media sites to mass report.
Users whose stories are flagged as “disputed” can ask Facebook “why this is disputed” and receive an explanation as to why Facebook believes the story is false. Facebook says nothing about disputing the label.
“We’ll use the reports from our community, along with other signals, to send stories to these organizations,” Facebook VP Adam Mosseri wrote in the Facebook news blog. “If the fact checking organizations identify a story as fake, it will get flagged as disputed and there will be a link to the corresponding article explaining why.”
Facebook will also prohibit paid promotion of stories that have been marked as disputed and – get this – they will bury them.
It’s a new form of censorship. If they start flagging stories as fake because they disagree, then we will know for certain what their goal is.
This reminds me of a movie – no, I wasn’t around when it was made.
Cartoon printed with permission by Antonio Branco via Comically Incorrect