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Here Come the Facebook Fact-Checkers to Make Everything Better


Facebook has come under fire since the election for being a platform for so-called “fake news,” which Democrats have suggested may have turned the vote against Hillary Clinton. The war on fake news is a transparent attempt on the part of the mainstream media to save face, but it is what it is. Facebook has made little attempt to hide their political biases, and they aren’t about to start now. Instead, they are rolling out a “fact-checking” system intended to make sure users are getting the truth. What could go wrong?

On Friday, Adam Mosseri, the vice-president of the Facebook News Feed division, released a statement explaining how the social media site would address the problem of “fake news” going forward.

“We believe in giving people a voice and that we cannot become arbiters of truth ourselves, so we’re approaching this problem carefully,” Mosseri wrote. “We’ve focused our efforts on the worst of the worst, on the clear hoaxes spread by spammers for their own gain, and on engaging both our community and third party organizations.”

This is an obvious attempt to get everyone to let their guard down. Oh, we’re not going to be censoring Drudge Report and Breitbart and Conservative Free Press; we’re going after the absolute nonsense. They want us to think they only intend to stop blatant hoax-stories like “Pope Endorses Trump!” But where will they draw the line?

According to Mosseri, that job will be given to two entities: The users themselves and an independent fact-checking service.

“We’re testing several ways to make it easier to report a hoax if you see one on Facebook, which you can do by clicking the upper right hand corner of a post,” he wrote. “We’ve relied heavily on our community for help on this issue, and this can help us detect more fake news.”

What happens when enough people flag a story as fraudulent?

“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,” he wrote. “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. Stories that have been disputed may also appear lower in News Feed.”

Last year, conservatives exploded with anger when former Facebook employees blew the whistle on the site, explaining how it was very difficult for right-leaning websites to gain traction in the news feed. In an effort to control the situation, Mark Zuckerberg sat down with conservative media icons to listen to their concerns and bring fairness back to the Facebook feed.

Now it looks like we’re headed back in the other direction. We’ll see if Facebook can limit its flagging system to actual fake news…or if this is just the first step on the road to liberal censorship.

  • Facebook is an utterly vapid, tasteless, brainless, witless Nephilim operation. It’s CEO looks like unto a corpse, quite frankly.

  • Facebook is an utterly vapid, tasteless, witless Nephilim operation. It’s CEO appears like unto a corpse, at best.

  • I suspect that criminality of all kinds is “statistical”. That is there is a portion of every group of humans larger than some number, say 100 just for ease of arithmetic, who will at least lie if it in their perceived advantage. Every teacher who tests students strongly suspects that there are cheaters. Cheaters in the classroom do not quit after their school days end. So what does this mean. Every election. Many tax returns. Parking in the handicapped parking places, etc., etc. If two percent of the population is in jail, what about the 2% that did not get caught?

    Luckily, it is likely that the cheating is about equal on both sides of any issue.

  • Don Peek

    i suspect its liberal censorship

  • Don Peek

    his is just the first step on the road to liberal censorship.

  • Don Peek

    his is just the first step on the road to liberal censorship. This comment has been censored already

  • After looking at the stunning Melania photos…I almost feel sorry for her. She’s let the camera rule for a long time, it seems. OK, she’s now our First Lady, which is OK. I would love to see her transform her “image” to sophisticate style and no longer…hot! Of course, The Donald would most likely make this decision, yes?

  • Stephen J. Makovec

    Today, we can only check a number of sites on our own, to try to learn if a particularly bizarre allegation linked from a ‘news site’ was made up [or verifiable, or somewhere in between].
    — I prefer the new FB proposal to allow us to mark a suspected [or independently verified] falsehood, and I like their decision to have other sources review and give citations about their truthfulness.
    — Why is this important? MANY MILLIONS of consumers get their only news through sites like FB, and most readers will not have [or take] the time to check it, and can unwittingly fall into the plan of the sites that propagate fake news.
    — As a great example, 2 days ago my step-father broached the recent Presidential election, with this alarming statement about WHY he voted for President-elect Trump: “You know how many people Clinton has personally helped to kill?” I gently told him that was fake news, and encouraged him to check other sites, like Snopes.com, where he can confirm that. He responded that he knows there is a lot of fake news out there, and asked that we agree to disagree. I let him drop the subject as 2 other people walked into the room and he greeted them and started a different discussion.

  • Fact checked by whom… a lying liberal like Hillary who’d rather die than tell the truth?

    • Randall

      My sentiments exactly!!!

  • Zuckerberg appears like unto a corpse. Pretty gross.

  • william

    I feel so relieved that Facebook’s “fact police” are now on the job – – I’m sure they will fix things and we can trust them with their version of the truth – – NOT.

  • Al

    Is t it time that conservatives get even with the liberal “ShoeBiz” types and California malcontents re: Trump’s victory? How best to do it? Boycott!! Let’s use their tricks to defeat them: Stop going to movies, plays, buying anything that comes from California! Don’t vacation there, don’t buy from any companies based there and grnerally ignor anything from NYC and other Malcontent States. Use your buying power to protest their continued campaign to strip you of your votes. Boycott newspapers,magazines…anything and everything that supports the uber-liberalcause! We have the strength and power to hurt them where they live! There are more of us, than them! Boycott! Boycott! Boucott!

  • bagster53

    f**k face book , they keep banning me from posting , the left wing zookenburg, will get some phony left wing loonatics to censor it, like they do to me, who gave these idiots the right to censor what we say, you might as well get rid of the freedom of speech from the constitution ,

    • Judyann J

      When their “fact checking” shoots them in the wallet, they will understand.
      It’s the only thing Liberal/Progressives understand, hurt their income and suddenly they have an entirely different outlook.
      Conservatives, Republicans, the not so silent Majority will simply call for facebook free days. Watch how fact they change their minds.
      The WORST fake news comes directly from ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, MSNBC, NY Times, Newsday. They are merely the public relations arm of the DNC. BOYCOTT THEM ALL.

    • Linda

      yes they will, BUT I suspect they will let the fake news about Donald Trump proceed as usual. You know all of the women that lied about him, that he is in cahoots with the russians, that he will start a nuclear war, that he is a communist, that he is and ALL OF THE OTHER CRAP the clinton and dnc came up with to frighten the American people….

    • David R Vranish

      I was banned many times. Not now and guess what? I seldom go there anymore. It just isn’t any fun except to tell the liberals “we won and you lost” As far as fact checking, that is a big joke and everybody knows it!

  • Theda J Gallegos

    People should be allowed to post from either side. If the public does not research for themselves then they are the ignorant ones! Do not let someone else make a decision for you, research it yourself! If you can’t handle the heat, get out of the kitchen! If Facebook decides to use Snopes, that is bad news for everyone! Every other sentence they use the word May, and we all know that word is used for legal protection! It means they don’t know for sure and that word May protects them!

  • Donald

    The only one responsible for Hillary losing the Election is Hillary !!!!!!

  • Nick Cannarsa

    Only a fool believes everything he reads. That is why we have been stuck with obummer for eight years. If you think that the country is better off you are delusional

  • I wish the fat checkers would check out Trump. He said before the election that if he lost it would be because the election was rigged. This is how a good con artist works. He accuses his opponent of something he is doing. Trump appears to be rubbing elbows with Russia. Something smells.

    • Jack

      You are as ignorant as they come go hide under a rock we don’t need you and you’re kind !

    • Fed Up

      Thanx to Jill in MI , PA , WI the recount they found a ton of illegal’s voting but even with the illegal votes Trump made history he still beat Hillary.

    • factorywork

      And now the dimbocrats are complaining the election was rigged. Grow up.

  • Adjunct George

    fact checking = censorship. It is simple as that.

  • Adjunct George

    fact checking = censorship. It is as simple as that.

  • Dana

    So this is how a good con artist works huh? You just had to watch the DNC in action (the job they did on Bernie) and check the recount voting in Detroit (more ballots in ballot box than actual voters) to know why he said what he did and then you will know who the real cons are. Something does smell but it is not fake news, Comey or the Russians that caused that smell. Hillary and the democrats are the reason for the smell.

    • BGray

      Well said!

  • Marilyn Scragg

    Sour grapes will never stop! Who really cares what they think. There a bunch of commies who want a country with no laws, morals, ethics and the list goes on. On January 20th, we will have our country back. Merry Christmas!!

  • allan

    Fact checked by die-hard liberals? Give me a break will ya!

  • Commie Zucker has time to sensor conservatives, but no time to screen ISIS mayhem. I personally hope he rots in Hell. He is far more sinister to America than the camel humpers of the mid east. He is a zealot who “knows” he is right and all conservatives are wrong.
    If all Americans, including Trump, told this guy to take his left leaning business elsewhere, we would have a safer country.

  • Wayne, the reason he said that was, when he made a campaign stop 15 to 30 thousand would show up to see him and hear him. When Hillary was on stage here, she had 20 total supporters, on another (I don’t remember where) she had six. Does that tell you something. She put all twenty on stage behind her, showing the stage full, the MSM never once showed all the empty seats.

  • BGray

    This is nothing but another attempt to brainwash Americans. Justice Scalia said there should be NO CENSORING IN AMERICA. The only thing needed is the source information and free speech debate.

  • Jack

    Liberal liberal liberal, no matter how many times you say it it still sounds like bull #### !

  • Fed Up

    So much free speech is not aloud??