The people guilty of spreading misinformation are Facebook and its fact-checkers.John Tierney, Contributing Editor, City Journal
John Tierney is the target of fact-checkers like many people worldwide. People are prevented from seeing his work even though he references peer reviewed research in his posts,
Facebook admits in court that fact checkers is based on opinions. Watch this short segment with Jefferey Jaxen, investigative journalist, talking about the fact checkers: The Highwire: Facebook Fact Checkers Exposed.
After all the censorship, shadowbanning and warnings about misinformation, court documents now reveal that Facebook (now Meta) admit that their third-party fact checkers are only giving opinions on content
Facebook lawyers admit in Court fact-checkers use opinions to censor information. An article published by The Poynter Institute August 30, 2016 suggested Facebook should hire a team of fact checkers. Facebook took them up on the suggestion and partnered with Poynter Institute December 15, 2016. Poynter decides which fact checking companies will censor all of us.
Science Feedback founded by Emmanuel Vincent was approved to work with Facebook in 2019. Vincent became a member of Akosha in the same year. Akosha’s Theory of Change is described in the article The New Reality,
Who Funds the Fact Checkers?
In 2017, the Poynter Institute received $1.3 million from the Omidyar Network and the Open Society Foundations. The Omidyar Network is founded by eBay founder Pierre Omidyar and his wife Pam. The Open Society Foundations is founded by George Soros. It is interesting to note that Sorros had issues with Facebook in 2018 for spreading “conspiracy theories” about himself.
Facebook receives most of its revenues from advertising including news organizations like Washington Post. The Washington Post is listed as a major funder of Poynter and is currently owned by Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon and 2nd richest person on Earth as of late 2021.
Factcheck.org, independent fact checker, is supposed to investigate vaccine misinformation. But can they be objective when they are indirectly funded by vaccine manufacturer Johnson & Johnson?
Michael Rectenwald, Professor of Liberal Studies at NYU, 2008-2019 states:
This is collusion on the part of the vaccine manufacturers funding fact checkers on social media.” He goes on to say, “We’ve lost all confidence in the social media and our mainstream media entirely…it comes into contradiction with the Leftist agenda and is deemed misinformation. People are now not able to get information about what’s best for their health including the detriments of the vaccine.
Who Fact Checks the Fact Checkers?
“…if the information being shared on social media doesn’t meet the mainstream narrative, it’s declared fake and must be debunked.”Robert Verkerk, PhD – Alliance for Natural Health
Verkerk says, “As the coronavirus pandemic unfolded, many existing ‘fact-checkers’ that had been focusing on ‘fake news’ in other areas, became overnight Covid-19 experts, and began to enthusiastically debunk individuals and websites espousing natural health options. Routinely cast as being neutral and free from bias, most ‘fact checking’ services are, in fact (excuse the pun), being bought and paid for by those seeking to dismiss claims that challenge the status quo.”
Misinformation and fake news can become fact.
Here’s an example of conspiracy theory becoming conspiracy fact.
Facebook banned posts that referred to Covid-19 as being man-made, or even discussed that it might be man-made. Then it flipped that decision when the US President Joe Biden Administration admitted that Covid-19 may have been accidentally leaked from a Chinese lab. On May 26, 2021 Facebook lifted its ban.
Prestigious Medical Journal is “Fact-Checked” – Sends Open letter to Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg
Since the start of the pandemic, we’ve removed more than 20 million pieces of content from Facebook and Instagram and over 3,000 accounts, Pages and groups globally for spreading COVID-19 and vaccine misinformation. This is part of our ongoing commitment to promote reliable information, fight misinformation and encourage vaccinations…Our work is far from finished and we’ll use every tool we possibly can to keep people on our platform informed about the COVID-19 pandemic and vaccines.
Facebook claims to run the largest worldwide campaign to promote authoritative information about COVID-19 vaccines. It does this by expanding efforts to remove false claims on Facebook and Instagram about COVID-19 and vaccines.
In an interview with CNBC in 2020, Zuckerberg said: “I don’t think Facebook or internet platforms in general should be arbiters of truth. I think that’s kind of a dangerous line to get to in terms of deciding what is true and what isn’t.”
The Facebook policy puts third party fact-checkers in charge of deciding what information is harmful and what constitutes acceptable expression. This circles back to the admission in court by Facebook that assessment by fact checkers is really an opinion.
In 2019 Zuckerberg said: “People should decide what’s credible, not tech companies.”
Actions speak louder than words.
Are people really informed about the COVID-19 pandemic and vaccines? When misinformation can flip to fact maybe we all need to question and investigate a little more.