Facebook has started to roll out its “fake news” fact-checking feature, which relies on partisan fact-checkers such as Snopes.
According to The Daily Mail, “Users have reported seeing a pop-up window when they attempted to share articles that were deemed inaccurate by third-party fact-checkers.”
“Facebook itself will not decide what is real and what is considered fake. Instead, it is enlisting The Poynter Institute, a Florida journalism school, to sift through content,” they continued. “The Poynter Institute is the host of the International Fact Checking Network which bills itself as a ‘global alliance of fact checkers’. Its members include ABC News, Politico, The Associated Press, Snopes.com and The Washington Post.”
The Daily Mail provides screenshots and a video of Facebook alerting a user when they attempt to post an article on “The Irish Slave Trade” by Newport Buzz.
When users click to find out more about “disputed content,”
Facebook gives the option to visit the Associated Press and Snopes, along with a caption claiming “sometimes people share fake news without knowing it.”
The term “fake news” has often been used to describe independent or alternative news sources, particularly those with a conservative or libertarian view-point, such as Breitbart News.
Despite Facebook’s use of Snopes as an allegedly “neutral” fact-checking service, many of Snopes’ fact-checkers were discovered to be openly left-wing and self-described “progressives.”
Snopes fact-checker Arturo R. Garcia openly labels himself as a “progressive,” attempted to compare Trump supporters to racists on Twitter, misattributed a quote about him to Breitbart News, and acts as the editor of “Racialicious” – “A blog about the intersection of race and culture”.
David Emery, another fact-checker and staff writer at Snopes, openly asked on Twitter whether there were “any un-angry Trump supporters.”