A fact-checking spinoff of the conservative website Daily Caller has partnered up with Facebook to police fake news, and mainstream media are outraged.
The social media behemoth has added Daily Callers CheckYourFact.com to its list of US media partners this week, sparking outrage among the mainstream (and politically rather differently aligned) media outlets, who argued that Daily Caller has published fake news, harbors “white supremacists” and was founded by Tucker Carlson of Fox News.
Carlson co-founded the Daily Caller in 2010, but stepped down as editor-in-chief in November 2016, after getting a contract with Fox to host Tucker Carlson Tonight.
This is how fact checking is supposed to work, right?
Facebook: "This article kind of looks like right-wing bullshit. Fact check, please?"
Right-Wing Bullshit Website: "Nope, it's totally legit. 100% true facts."https://t.co/8vBsDwAHfk
— Martin Ralya (@MartinRalya) April 18, 2019
One of the many measures the California-based corporation rolled out under pressure from Congress and the media, Facebooks fact-checking program has had a rocky history. Snopes.com bowed out of the partnership in February, as its vice president Vinny Green endorsed the Orwellian-style NewsGuard app as the future of fact-checking.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has faced harsh criticisms from nearly every quarter about his methods of policing information on the social network, with some saying he hasnt gone far enough and others accusing him of outright censorship.