Facebook has announced that SNOPES will decide for them which sites are ‘fake’.
Facebook has announced that SNOPES will decide for them which sites are ‘fake’. So, now, real news will go away just like it did on the networks. #TruthAlwaysFindsAWay #TruthWins – Miste Karlfeldt, Director of Health Freedom Idaho’s Facebook status.
Who will check Facebook stories? Organizations run by a college journalism department or a worldwide research team? Nope.
Snopes a website/blog run by a husband and wife team in Southern California. David and Barbara Mikkeslon, started the site in 1995 as a part time project, which later turned into a full time effort.
And other organizations such as Politifact, and FactCheck.org, all of which have records of left-wing partisanship — particularly throughout the 2016 election.
For example, PolitiFact infamously said it was “mostly false” when Donald Trump claimed in a presidential debate that Hillary Clinton wanted “open borders.” PolitiFact made this ruling despite Clinton being on the record at a paid speech saying “My dream is a hemispheric common market, with open trade and open borders.”
Trump also said that Russia has 1,800 nuclear warheads and has expanded its arsenal while the U.S. has not. PolitiFact admitted that Trump’s claim was factual, but it rated the statement as “half true” for supposedly “missing the big picture.”
In both of these cases, PolitiFact went beyond mere fact-checking and moved the goal posts in ways that benefited Clinton’s candidacy. This type of ideological “fact checking” went beyond parody during October’s presidential debates, with NBC taking Trump’s statement that Clinton “acid washed” her emails (a reference to the data deletion tool “BleachBit”) 100% literally and declaring the statement “false.”
FAKE NEWS ‘propaganda’ campaign doesn’t end with facebook. The House recently passed a bill regarding propaganda.