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'Fakebook' Teams Up With Leftist 'Fact Checkers'

Not to worry; Snopes will be on the case.

Nate Jackson · Dec. 16, 2016

Earlier this year, we noted Facebook’s practice of suppressing conservative news. Just last week, we warned about their Version 2.0 plan: quashing “fake news.” And yesterday, Facebook announced how it was going to achieve this — by partnering with left-wing “fact check” sites to help separate the wheat from the chaff. “We’ve started a program to work with third-party fact-checking organizations that are signatories of Poynter’s International Fact-Checking Code of Principles,” Facebook announced. “We’ll use the reports from our community, along with other signals, to send stories to these organizations. 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.”

So which organizations? ABC News, The Washington Post, Snopes, Associated Press, FactCheck.org, Climate Feedback, and Politifact are all signatories. Every single one of them has been guilty of ridiculous leftist bias in their “fact checks.” And we reckon the ability for users to flag “fake news” is going to yield more fakery than it stops.

We’ll stipulate that fake news is a real problem, though not as the Leftmedia imagines it. They create it and then hypocritically worry about others doing likewise. Finally, let’s just say there’s a reason we cautioned of the social media giant’s transition to “Fakebook.”

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