A number of “fact-checkers” who have worked with Facebook on its campaign to clean up “fake news” say the massive social media platform was generating “propaganda” by insisting that “misinformation” about its advertisers be debunked.
The allegations come from both named and unnamed sources who spoke with the Guardian newspaper of London.
One was Brooke Binkowski, who formerly worked with the left-leaning Snopes, which partnered, along with other agencies such as the Associated Press, with Facebook to do fact-checking.
“They’ve essentially used us for crisis PR,” she said. “They’re not taking anything seriously. They are more interested in making themselves look good and passing the buck. … They clearly don’t care.”
Facebook built the fact-checking team after the 2016 presidential election, during which foreign agencies bought ads on Facebook to try to influence the election.
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