A quick lightning round of Facebook in the news before Comcast continues their daily mischief! (I’ll keep adding to this until I cannot – the truck is outside!)
“…The article, authored by Michael Shellenberger and published on The Daily Wire, uses 12 “facts” to argue that concern about climate change is overblown. Shellenberger’s piece was reviewed by seven Ph.D. climate scientists as part of a process organized by Science Feedback, one of Facebook’s fact-checking partners. The scientists determined that Shellenberger’s article was “partly false.”
“As a result, the distribution of the article on Facebook’s platform was reduced. Facebook users who posted The Daily Wire article were also warned they were about to share “partly false” information and given a link to Science Feedback’s analysis. This is how the fact-checking process is supposed to work.
“But then, without explanation, the fact-check was removed. If a Facebook user attempts to share the article today, there is no warning and no link to the fact-check. Shellenberger’s piece, on The Daily Wire and elsewhere, has now been shared over 65,000 times on Facebook.
Internal Facebook documents obtained by Popular Information reveal that, prior to the removal of the fact-check, Science Feedback’s fact-check of The Daily Wire article was brought to the attention of top Facebook executives including VP of Global Affairs and Communications Nick Clegg, VP of Global News Partnerships Campbell Brown, and VP of Global Public Policy Joel Kaplan. The documents also show that Facebook was asked by the office of Congressman Mike Johnson (R-LA), a powerful member of Republican leadership, to reverse the fact-check.
If you look up those Facebook executives you will learn:
- Nick Clegg, is a British former politician who served as Deputy Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 2010 to 2015 denies Russia had any involvement in the UK elections, and specifically that Facebook was not used. He also was shocked —shocked I say!— by the Cambridge Analytica data scandal.
- Campbell Brown is a school choice enthusiast and has been working to weaken teachers unions.
- Joel Kaplan worked for Chimpy McStagger, from the first campaign until the bitter end. He then became an energy lobbyist.
So, you see, all these peeps would have no reason to block any sort of fact checking on any subject, amirite?
Really, what good is fact-checking if it exists in isolation from that which is being fact-checked? Sure, Zuckerberg can say it was fact-checked (and not be lying), but you know, that is totally disingenuous.
Anti-transgender Facebook content shared by right-wing news sources generated more engagement than content from pro-transgender or neutral sources combined, according to a Media Matters for America study of 225 viral social media posts.
That means the majority of Facebook interactions with those viral posts — over 43 million of 66 million shares, comments and reactions over the span of a year — were on items posted by anti-trans websites like LifeSiteNews, Daily Wire and Daily Caller, according to the report.
The fetus-fondling Gawd Botherers have found their new target and it is our friends in the Trans community. Their weapon appears to be Facebook.
Is it any wonder that Conservatives see Facebook as their platform? I think that they are right.
And we conclude with:
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, under fire for allowing President Trump to post inflammatory statements on his platform, tells Axios there’s no truth to whispers that the two have a secret understanding.
Why it matters: Zuckerberg, facing a growing ad boycott from brands that say Facebook hasn’t done enough to curtail hate speech, has become increasingly public in criticizing Trump. “I’ve heard this speculation, too, so let me be clear: There’s no deal of any kind,” Zuckerberg told Axios. “Actually, the whole idea of a deal is pretty ridiculous.”
- “I do speak with the president from time to time, just like I spoke with our last president and political leaders around the world,” he added.
You know what, Faceberg, the fact that you have to debunk this so publicly tells us that you’ve already lost the PR battle.