The Babylon Bee demanded the New York Times retract a characterization of the conservative satire site as a “far-right misinformation site” on Friday.
In a March 19 article on Big Tech censorship flagging satirical posts in the crosshairs of progressive content moderation, Times Technology Correspondent Mike Isaac said the Babylon Bee was “far-right misinformation” hiding false commentary under the guise of “satire” to escape retribution for false speech.
Isaac wrote the following, including an update to the article on March 22:
In 2019 and 2020, Facebook often dealt with far-right misinformation sites that used ‘satire’ claims to protect their presence on the platform, Mr. Brooking said. [Updated March 22, 2021: The Babylon Bee, a right-leaning satirical site, has feuded with Facebook and the fact-checking site Snopes over whether the site published misinformation or satire.]
Babylon Bee CEO Seth Dillon railed the Times’ smearing of the satirical outlet as a source of far-right misinformation as “defamatory,” and said the Bee’s