Recently, I released a video that called California’s fires “government fueled.”
A few days later, Facebook inserted a warning on my video: “Missing Context. Independent fact-checkers say this information could mislead.”
Some of my viewers now feel betrayed. One wrote: “Shameful, John… what happened to you!!? Your reporting was always fair… [but] your… fires story was so… unfair, even Facebook tagged it.”
A “fact check” from Facebook carries weight.
Worse, Facebook says that because my video is labeled misleading, it will show my content to fewer people.
This kills me. My news model counts on social media companies showing people my videos.
I confronted the fact-checkers. Facebook’s “fact check” links to a page from a group called Climate Feedback that claims it sorts “fact from fiction” about climate change.
They post this complaint about my video: “Forest fires are caused by poor management. Not by climate