Facebook Condemned for Empowering Right-Wing Magazine to “Drive Liberal News Outlets Into the Ground

15.09.2018 - Pressenza London

Facebook Condemned for Empowering Right-Wing Magazine to “Drive Liberal News Outlets Into the Ground
Mark Zuckerberg 1984 Berlin Graffiti (Image by Victorgrigas, Wikimedia Commons)

What do you achieve when you let the Weekly Standard operate as a fact-checker for one of the internet’s most powerful platforms? “You achieve bullshit.”

Progressive outlets and commentators have been warning since Facebook launched its latest news feed algorithm that allowing such a powerful corporation to become the arbiter of “trustworthy” sources would threaten non-corporate and left-wing outlets that publish information.

These warnings took on a new sense of urgency after Facebook began giving a ton of airtime to Fox News and making publications like the Weekly Standard the gatekeepers of legitimate news.

Demonstrating that Facebook has no plans to apply critical scrutiny to articles published by the very outlet it has empowered as an official fact-checker, The Intercept‘s Jon Schwartz found three basic falsehoods in a single paragraph of an article published on the Weekly Standard‘s website on Friday.

As of this writing, the Weekly Standard has not yet deemed its article “false.”

 

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