Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has announced Facebook will crack down on the “Fake News” epidemic by hiring fact-checking organizations to flag a story if any part of it is untrue.
But who is fact-checking the fact-checkers?
Apparently Mark Zuckerberg has assured Media Research Center president and conservative activist, Brent Bozell, that Facebook will not be politically targeting conservative content as it launches its new initiative against the epidemic.
But these so-called “assurances” came a week after they hired 3rd party leftist “fact-checkers” like Snopes, PolitiFact, ABC News and The Washington Post Fact Checker to use a code developed by a 4th party called the Poynter Institute.
This begs the question, are the waters too muddy or are they not muddy enough?
Because Facebook’s choice of partners immediately alienates a majority of conservative readers.
Where are the conservative checkers to check the liberal checkers, and so on, and so on?
The Poynter Institute is funded, among other donors, by George Soros’s Open Society Foundations – which could be fairly described as a leftist and globalist conspiracy now because of how far-reaching Facebook is around the world.
These fake news stories will now be flagged with a red label by these 3rd party fact-checkers for any reason they deem the story to be disputable.
There is absolutely no recourse. It’s indefensible.
But most of – if not all of– these 3rd party fact-checking employees have been found to be exclusively liberal.
You might remember the suspect PolitiFact has been proven to be wildly inaccurate in some cases and is also partially funded by a Clinton Foundation donor.
Bozell wrote in a statement:
“I have been in communication with Mark Zuckerberg at Facebook since he announced their new “fake news” initiative.
I expressed grave concern with this decision and the liberal “fact-checking” organizations Facebook has chosen. Mr. Zuckerberg assured me that his express aim is to eliminate only patently false news stories from Facebook.
He underscored he has instructed these organizations to focus only on truly fake news and nothing of a political nature.
I will accept in good faith his commitment to address our concerns on this matter. It is my hope this will be the last we say about this issue.”
But this isn’t the last of this issue and there’s no way these companies will not focus on being unfairly biased against conservative articles.
Just look at their record.
But think about this, according to a Bloomberg study:
“Even leaving the possibility of partisan bias aside, signatories to the Poynter code of principles can sometimes disagree about the veracity of the same statement.
In a 2015 paper on fact-checking disputed realities, Morgan Marietta of the University of Massachusetts and his collaborators mention three specific cases of such disagreements.
For example, in 2012, Factcheck.org described Senator Dick Durbin’s statement that ‘Social Security does not add one penny to our debt’ as false, but The Washington Post Fact Checker rated it ‘mostly true.’
In 2013, President Barack Obama said deficits were falling at the fastest rate in 60 years. PolitiFact agreed, but Factcheck.org rated the statement as false.”
These 3rd parties will disagree and they’re all using a code from a liberal institute.
So when Zuckerberg and his monopoly claim it will only focus on fake news stories, it’s a lie.