Facebook today came out with a plan to limit the negative repercussions of fake news.
The Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank, puts out news via the brand, The Daily Signal, which has a Facebook page.
When they asked their readers/viewers today what they thought of Facebook’s announcement, the responses were enlightening. Basically, their audience thought it was going to lead to more fake news coming from liberal sources. Note that these readers/viewers probably watched a video with a conservative slant about the fake news issue.
This overwhelming outcry against fact-checking should make us question the power of fact-checking to really improve the underlying beliefs that we Americans hold.
Words from the Conservative Audience
Note: these were grabbed randomly in one big cut-and-paste, scrubbed of identifying information, and a few statements were removed because they were not relevant to the fake news issue. The page these were taken from is: https://www.facebook.com/TheDailySignalNews/videos/759175667581721/
Censorship by all other names. Mass manipulation the likes of Hitler and Stalin. Let the people decide for themselves. Lest you consider us sheep?
Florida here, this is all well and good but the mainstreat media is one of the worst to be putting out fake news or not telling the publice what is really true.
The problem is who gets to decide what’s Fake and what isn’t, Snopes? They are very slanted when it comes to politics as they always lean left in their rulings…
MSNBC,CNN, ABC,CBS, WOULD HAVE TO BE CENSORED AS MOST EVERYTHING THEY PUT OUT IS FAKE!!
Facebook took off DML Dennis Michael Lynch ( a conservative opinion), but allows nasty ladies on the View to spread nonsense and bias hatred !
Of course Facebook is only using liberal fact checkers. The real purpose of this is censorship for the left against the right. Only the left’s fake news will be allowed.
Snopes? They’ve been outed as illegitimate and completely biased
The fake news items on Facebook are nothing but digesting theses people that do that should be fined heavenly and spend some time in jail
People need to figure it out themselves! Who cares about bias. Watch, listen, and read both sides and make your own conclusions
So FaceBook will end their practice of censoring conservative posts by users ?
They slready censor, thid just seems lik a fals appearance. Does thi mean conservative an christian ited will b bigget targetd?
Start with all the news agency’s that put out the bogus poll data that caused Clinton to think she had the election in the bag. There’s your Russian connection!
Also, I get very upset about articles coming across as breaking news on newsfeed and then you see it is an article from months ago or even years ago!
Why don’t some groups get together and start our own page? The last people I would trust to be arbiters of the truth are the ones mentioned. Guess I’ll be getting more done when I drop out.
Facebook is not a news site so why worry about it? If you believe facebook is actually reporting real news the jokes on you.
Never have trusted anything important on facebook. I will never trust facebook in the future. People don’t always tell the truth.
People need to be able to look into things for themselves and not just depend on opinions of others. All this leads to censorship and more propaganda from established news sources.
Facebook should mind its own business……I will close my acct. if it starts to tell me what I can see.
Wrong…no more free speech…thinking about deleting my acct because of this…bet if we all did this they would change their tune
Without “fake news,” the Democrats would never be in the news
Censorship. Who is going to decide what’s fake? The people who brought us obama AND hillary?
So Obama and Josh earnest are no longer going to be able to speak ?
what will happen to those that report Fake News knowing that their fake report is not real..ergo
“fake newsing” real news..Censorship…all sites Conservative will be reported as fake news..Censorship …you know..like “Snopes”
Whatever the left leaning FB does not like will now be considered fake news.. We will rebrand it as Pravda.
Journalistic integrity does not exist within the MSM.
There is no “news” any more, it is all opinion and repeated over and over.
Media is NOT trustworthy in general. Socialist media is the least trustworthy. Ends justifies the means for all socialist liberal media.
Many people don’t take the time to read the story much less fact check them and just pass them on.
facebook you should ban all the famous new’s channels and new’s papers/pure corrupt
Slowly but surely we are headed for full blown socialist-fascist state! These two hacks are dangerous!
I want to be able to make my own decision someone state a page like FB and keep it open.
Sounds like the fact checkers are some that are biased and fake the news themselves.
Really don’t need the Facebook Gestapo to fix it, we are adult enough to sort things out.
…so now Facebook is the arbiter of “real” or to be contrasted with “fake” news? My God where will censorship of thought or control of message end? Thankfully they can’t burn books that don’t align to the FB version of fact or fiction…
I don’t trust face book to do the right thing. they seem to be stoping the truth from comeing out.
Do you have any fact-based information on the supposed Russian influence in the presidential election? I’ve never read anything from the CIA or any named whistle blowers.
I just read that Facebook is going to work with Snopes, Factcheck.org, both left-leaning and biased against conservative news, and they will label anything they disagree with as fake news.
Here from Indiana…….cannot make everyone happy at all times…….FB is doing fine work.
All FB wants to accomplish by doing this is strengthen their liberal bias echo chamber they’ve created. Until their practices change, they are nothing more than extended distributors of all things liberal created by the biased, liberal MSM in this country.