Robin Smith / May 25, 2021

The Deceit and Suppression of ‘Fact-Checking’

Have thoughts on COVID, elections, morality, climate? They better line up with leftist sensibilities.

As conservatives know all too well, social media platforms use censorship to control the content of which they approve or disapprove. The biased writers of these algorithms create their own morality and reality, all while enjoying protections under the U.S. Code that should no longer apply.

If there was a time in recent months you posted on your own personal Facebook page or Instagram an opinion or experience related to COVID, election integrity, a Bible verse, or climate change, then you might either have received warnings from Facebook “fact-checkers” or perhaps merely noticed that the number of likes or views was significantly lower than your typical traffic. While certain content gets marked as untrue or mostly untrue, a great many posts will simply have the “distribution reduced,” according to Facebook’s rather opaque explanation to the public.

Facebook claims the moral high ground of stopping viral misinformation. That sounds virtuous and good, yet Big Tech is really serving as the vocal cords and typing fingers of the political Left. Cyberbots are programmed to search for keywords and embedded links or phrases that for the most part target the Right and have no real regard for truth.

According to an analysis last August by veteran journalist Sharyl Attkisson, the “fact-checker” echo chamber is constructed and filled with the heads of massive corporate giants aligned with the political Left. Attkisson exposed Facebook’s oversight board of 20 members, 18 of which have direct ties to George Soros’s Open Society Foundations, which “have spent billions of dollars on global initiatives aggressively advocating for the progressive side on topics ranging from immigration policy and climate to abortion, gender, and racial policies.” There’s also the fact that Google employees contributed almost $22 million to Democrats in 2020 compared to $1.4 million to Republicans. Twitter employees were even more obvious with 98.99% of political donations going to Democrats. And on it goes.

A recent City Journal article featured Maggie Williams, a high-schooler running the 800-meter race who barely cleared the finish line when she fell face-first. She and her coach blamed the state’s mandate requiring her and her other competitors to wear masks throughout the events, even during active competition. When posted on Facebook, the story was marked “Partly False Information. Checked by independent fact-checkers.” Despite the author’s best efforts, the label still accompanies the post when shared. It’s all based on the assessment from Science Feedback, which has a record of vetoing mostly center-right content related to COVID, Donald Trump, vaccines, and treatments.

Writing for City Journal, John Tierney cited a study appearing in a peer-review medical journal, Monthly Pediatrics, for the risk of oxygen depletion with physical manifestations. Yet the post police asserted the article had “methodological shortcomings” and in October 2020 declared the claim that a COVID vaccine was imminent as “inaccurate.” Yes, your memory is accurate. The first shots were in arms by the first week of December. Just don’t get confused by the facts. These “fact-checkers” continue to hide content about COVID, climate, Judeo-Christian morality, and election integrity, including that of Stanford physician Scott Atlas, MD, who has given both sides of the mask issue only to suffer public shaming.

How does this continue? In U.S. Code Section 230, these social media platforms have legal immunity as providers of a platform, not as editors or publishers of content. But for the last two years at least, Big Tech has exerted overt bias with active censorship and discrimination of free speech. Congress must act to eliminate the protections being abused by these tech giants, all of which make no effort to camouflage their bias and disdain of the Right.

It must also be accepted as reality that the distrust in the media now includes the social media platforms that offer free profiles, posting, and perusing — in exchange for personal data and habits. Trying to control public opinion and censorship expose an authentic danger in America: the erosion and destruction of free speech.

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