In the wake of the epidemic of so-called ‘fake news’ during the election cycle, Facebook has decided to create a tribunal through which it will filter all posts as either fake or legitimate.
But the members of that tribunal happen to be leftist media outlets. No worries at all; conservative news should be fine, right?
Here’s more from Breitbart:
Facebook has announced it will introduce warning labelson stories they deem to be “fake news,” with the help of partisan “fact checking” organisations such as Snopes and PolitiFact.
Stories deemed to be false will now be “flagged” by Facebook, with an accompanying red label claiming the story is “disputed by 3rd Party Fact-Checkers.”
Users will then have the option to “learn why this is disputed” to receive an explanation as to why Facebook believes the story is false.
“We’ll use the reports from our community, along with other signals, to send stories to these organizations,” Facebook VP Adam Mosseri wrote in the Facebook news blog. “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.”
Mossieri insists that the company will not prohibit users from posting anything deemed “fake,” but “you will see a warning that the story has been disputed as you share.”
Furthermore, Facebook will prohibit paid promotion of stories that have been marked as disputed.