Comment by Jim Campbell
September 16th, 2020
Facebook has just been proven to be as fake as the fakest of fake news
September 16, 2020
Story by Clayton Keirns
For the last 5 years, many have accused Facebook & Twitter of unfairly suppressing conservative voices on their platform. Mark Zuckerberg and Jack Dorsey have denied this, of course.
However, in a recent email exchange with a pair of Facebook “fact checkers”, I’ve been able to get a glimpse of exactly how they operate – and of course it’s not good for Trump supporters.
Here are a few of the eye-opening revelations you’ll discover below:
*Facebook fact checkers were more focused on “correcting” a 20-year old story about 9/11 that painted Trump in a positive light over a widely-debunked lie told by Gavin Newsom that is still relevant to this day.
*Facebook claims they don’t “fact check” politicians, yet they have removed posts from President Trump over “misinformation”.
This all started when I did a live stream on the anniversary of September 11th.
The live stream contained this headline in the description:
“NYPD Sergeants Confirm Trump 9/11 Story”
In response, Facebook gave us this slap on the wrist, saying we “needed more context” and that there was “no evidence” that it actually happened:
Their claim is that there is “no evidence” that Trump paid hundreds of workers to help with search and rescue.
However, they had no evidence to say it’s not true, either.
Their final verdict was that the truth of the claim was “unclear”, even though we have the word of NYPD Sergeants, who run a verified Twitter account.
My Fiery Response
Even though it had nothing to do with the subject matter at hand, I lost my patience with Facebook and these 3rd party fact checkers.
I know for a fact that there are so many lies about President Trump floating around on Facebook, but the tech giant isn’t as motivated to remove that information.
As a result of my patience running thin, I sent them proof that Facebook has allowed an incredibly misleading video about Trump to stay active on their platform.
Their response was stunning, to say the least.
In my email, I pointed them to the post below, in which you will find California Governor Gavin Newsom saying that President Trump referred to all immigrants as ‘animals’ back in 2018.
This video has over 500,000 views and 7,000 shares.
How ironic of them to say that MY claim is “missing context”, when the video you see above has the crux of the whole argument clipped out.
Right before this video was clipped, a woman asks Trump about what can be done with MS-13 gang members. Trump then goes on to refer to them as “animals”.
However, since that part of the video was cut out, it appears he is referring to ALL immigrants.
THIS IS BLATANT FAKE NEWS!
To their credit, Politifact got back to me, but their answer was incredibly concerning.
As you can read in the email below, Facebooks own rules make it so that politicians are given a safe haven when it comes to fact-checking.
The Politifact editor told me the following:
Facebook’s third-party fact checking program, which PolitiFact participates in, stipulates that posts and ads from politicians are not eligible for being fact checked.
That said, PolitiFact rates politicians statements daily, including those made by Gov. Newsom, which you can see here
Here’s a screenshot of the email:
Here is more confirmation of this safe haven from a fact-checker from LeadStories:
So what they’re basically saying is that these claims from Gavin Newsom are technically fact checked on the Politifact website, but if it’s a post on Facebook from a politician – it is allowed to stay on the platform…even if it’s fake news!
As popular as PolitiFact is, it can NEVER compete to the amount of eyeballs that Facebook gets.
So why should we care if they “fact check” these claims on their website if the misleading social media post is allowed to stay up?
BUT HERE’S WHERE THINGS GET EVEN MORE HYPOCRITICAL!
Although they claim that posts and ads from politicians can’t be fact checked, they have openly taken down posts from President Trump before.
Here is proof from NBC News:
Facebook removed a video post from President Donald Trump’s personal page Wednesday that included a segment from a Fox News interview in which he falsely said children are “almost immune” to COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus.
“This video includes false claims that a group of people is immune from COVID-19 which is a violation of our policies around harmful COVID misinformation,” said Andy Stone, a Facebook policy spokesperson.
Whether you agree with the fact check or not, THAT RIGHT THERE is solid proof that they DO remove posts from politicians depending on how “dangerous” they deem the claim to be.
Just so we’re clear, here’s how the rules are set up:
#1: If you are a news/commentary website like ours, you are held to a HIGHER STANDARD than elected officials who likely have far more gravitas and influence than we ever could.
#2: They “don’t” fact-check claims from politicians on Facebook….UNLESS they determine a claim egregious enough to take down (like they did with Trump)
So if you’re an anti-Trump politician, what motive do you have to tell the truth when you know you can’t be fact checked?
Left-wing politicians can literally say whatever they want about Trump – true or not – and Facebook will look the other way.
But if TRUMP says something they don’t like, they remove the post.
If this situation I explained above doesn’t prove the Anti-Trump bias on social media, I don’t know what else will.