Facebook’s Crackdown on Fake News May Censor Conservative News

The Associated Press, with its biased Stylebook of terms, and left-leaning fact-checking organizations been tasked with deciding what is fake news.

By Rachel Alexander Published on December 20, 2016

Facing criticism recently over the surge in fake news on Facebook, CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced a new plan to crack down on fake news stories appearing on the site. The social media giant will be asking users to report fake news stories by clicking a button next to the story. Zuckerberg said in a post on his page, “if many people report a story, then we’ll send it to third-party fact checking organizations.”

If the journalists at those sites, which include the Associated Press, deem it fake, “you’ll see a flag on the story saying it has been disputed, and that story may be less likely to show up in News Feed.” The flag cautions the user against sharing the story. Adam Mosseri, the Facebook VP of News Feed, added, “Once a story is flagged, it can’t be made into an ad and promoted, either.”

Facebook faced severe criticism last spring for cutting out conservative news from its Trending box. There is a real danger that left-leaning Facebook users will report conservative articles as fake, and journalists who lean to the left will affirm the reports.

Facebook has 1.8 billion members, who spend an average of 50 minutes a day on the site. If Facebook wishes to be fair, it should ensure that the fact checkers it uses are balanced between the right and the left.

Troubling Fact-Checking Sites

Mossieri said they will be using the list of fact-checking sites that are signatories of Poynter’s International Fact Checking Code of Principles.The Poynter organization is funded by left-wing billionaire George Soros and other organizations on the left. The sites included so far are the left-leaning Snopes, Politicker, The Associated Press and ABC News. No doubt more left-leaning sites will be added.

Conservatives have reason for concern. Snopes labeled as false the story that the death of DNC staffer Seth Rich was connected to the Clintons. However, the police had not yet issued a report, nor had the autopsy been released. How does Snopes know before the police complete their investigation that there is no connection?

Politifact declared the recent #Pizzagate controversy surrounding Hillary Clinton’s campaign manager John Podesta false, as did other left-leaning fact-checking sites. Some elements of the long, sordid story were accurate, but the sites didn’t bother to mention those.

Facebook has 1.8 billion members, who spend an average of 50 minutes a day on the site. If Facebook wishes to be fair, it should ensure that the fact checkers it uses are balanced between the right and the left.

Alternatively, there are plenty of other ways to deal with fake news, such as prominently showing the name of the news organization next to an article, or requiring users to opt in if they want to see posts from fake news sites.

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  • galatians328

    GREAT! FAKE NEWS is an abomination to the Sovereignty of God:

    From Proverbs 6:

    There are six things that the Lord hates,

    seven that are an abomination to him:

    17 haughty eyes, a lying tongue,

    and hands that shed innocent blood,

    18 a heart that devises wicked plans,

    feet that hurry to run to evil,

    19 a lying witness who testifies falsely,

    and one who sows discord in a family.

    FAKE NEWS INVOLVES ‘lying tongue’, ‘devising wicked plans’, ‘hurrying toward evil’, ‘bearing false witness’, and ‘sowing discord.

    OBVIOUSLY all those who worship the Righteous Sovereign God will abhor the abomination of FAKE NEWS!

    • We do “abhor the abomination of FAKE NEWS!” regardless of whether it’s published by Fox News, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, or etc. We also abhor fake fact-checking.

  • Jim Walker

    Facebook’s Crackdown on Fake News WILL Censor Conservative News.
    This is their goal, to muffle The Truth. The purge has began, beware.

  • UlaireToldea

    As soon as I heard about Facebook stopping “fake news”, I knew this was just a new name for banning conservative news outlets. That’s the left for you: they can’t give real arguments, so in order to operate, they must censor real arguments.

  • Conservator

    I will not support any site or news source that is openly biased against conservative thought – or university, or business or political candidate. As just one person I cannot do a lot to stem the tide of censorship coming from the leftists but I do not have to support them. Dropped facebook months ago and will not return. The left wants to control the media, our institutions, the courts and even our thoughts and words. They want total control so they can force their ideology on everyone. I will not let them control me.

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