John Stossel: Facebook Is Using Activists To Fact-Check Posts They Don’t Like – It’s Wrong

John Stossel: Facebook Is Using Activists To Fact-Check Posts They Don’t Like – It’s Wrong


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.”

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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.

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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 change.”

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