Facebook Launches 'Fake News' Filtering Service Ahead Of German Elections

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Because the rise in popularity of alternative and populist candidates in Germany and elsewhere around the world can't possibly by a legitimate rejection of politicians who simply skewed policies too far to the left over the past decade, Germany and Facebook have announced an accelerated effort to crack down on "Fake News" (i.e. anything that is deemed critical of Angela Merkel) ahead the country's elections in September.   Just like in the U.S., Facebook's crackdown in Germany will enlist the support of 3rd-party "fact checkers" who will flag stories as "disputed" if they're found to include "fake" or "misleading" content.  The Financial Times:

German users of the social network will now be able to report a story as fake and it will be sent to Correctiv, a third-party fact checker. If the fact checker discovers it is fake, the story will be flagged as “disputed”, with an explanation. Disputed stories will not be prioritised by the news feed algorithm and people will receive a warning if they decide to share it.


Facebook said it had been in discussions with German media and publishing groups and was working to get more partners on board. “Our focus is on Germany right now but we’re certainly thinking through what countries will unveil next,” he said.




Of course, as we pointed out a few weeks ago, similar efforts to enlist the help a third-party, "independent" fact checker in the U.S., Poynter, drew some scrutiny after a quick google search revealed that they are funded by none other than George Soros' Open Society Foundation, which can be accused of many things, but political impartiality is not one of them.  From our previous post:

A quick review of Poynter's website reveals that the organization is funded by the who's who of leftist billionaires including George Soros' Open Society Foundations, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Google, and Ebay founder Pierre Omidyar's Omidyar Network.  Well that seem fairly bipartisan, right?   



As we pointed out a couple of weeks ago, Germany is actively considering a number of laws that could impose fines of up to €500,000 and 5 years in jail for the distribution of "fake news" with justice minister Heiko Maas saying that "social networks have a duty" to censor "lies and hate campaigns."

The German government announced last month it was planning a law that would impose fines of up to €500,000 on Facebook for distributing fake news. Angela Merkel, chancellor, has warned there are signs that online attacks and misinformation coming from Russia could “play a role in the election campaign”.


In an interview with Welt Am Sonntag on Sunday, Heiko Maas, Germany’s justice minister, warned that fake news posed a “danger to our culture of debate”, and added that, in extreme cases, those responsible could face up to five years in jail.


“But social networks also have a duty,” he said. “It can’t be in Facebook’s interest that its platform is misused in order to spread lies and hate campaigns. Criminal content should be deleted immediately once it has been reported. And it must be easier for users to report fake news.”


Germany’s Justice Ministry will draft a bill that will include a “catalog of fines” for violations, Volker Kauder, Merkel’s top lieutenant in parliament, told reporters Saturday. Thomas Oppermann, his counterpart in the Social Democratic Party, Merkel’s coalition partner, last month told Der Spiegel that the penalties could reach 500,000 euros ($532,000), and that sites like Facebook should also be required to publish corrections after removing criminal posts.


The fines “have to hurt, otherwise they won’t work,” Kauder said.

And while many would say this is yet another unprecedented attempt of the left to collude with the mainstream media in an effort to censor their political opposition, Merkel's CDU party would like for you to rest assured that their "fake news" crusade is simply intended to "protect Germany’s democratic process against manipulation."

“Social networks take too long to remove insults before they spiral out of control,” said Stephan Harbarth, a senior lawmaker of Merkel’s CDU party. “There are clear limits to freedom of speech in the real world that aren’t yet applied online and that needs to change. This is about hate posts as well as fake news.”


Harbarth said he would like to see the law enacted before this year’s national election, expected to be held in September. He insists it’s not intended to boost the CDU’s chances in the ballot, but rather to protect Germany’s democratic process against manipulation.

But, if the last year has taught us anything, it's that Putin and his army of hackers will not be stopped.  If they can single-handedly topple the Clinton dynasty then Merkel doesn't stand a chance.

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Secret Weapon's picture

Orwell would be proud. 

BabaLooey's picture

Great News! This means Fartbook deletes itself!

Croesus's picture

Could we be so lucky...

The piece of shit "social" media site has caused more harm than good.

JamesBond's picture

Facebook is like Google.  Stop going to their sites and they shrivel on the vine.



Shemp 4 Victory's picture

Facebook is playing catch-up with The Accredited Times, which has had the capability to flag #fake-news in place for awhile now.

----_-'s picture

you have been warned by wise prophets like Martin Luther King:


"...if you let them, the Jews will deceive you. They take contrl of your money, they take over your media, they will open your borders and they will lie and lie and lie. For the sake of your children. Take the Jews, make a DNA test and kill them. Send then to Hell where they belong."


you need to start listening to MLK in order to get rid of people like (((them)))

god sended you the DNA test, but you keept lying to yourself. you thought the jews will leave you alone if you keep ignoring them.

there is nothing better for the future of you and your children than getting rid of (((them))).


tell me how can you have a country if (((they))) control your ecenomy and money and borders. how can you have a voice if (((they))) control your media and education system. (((they))) censor you, (((they))) they lie to you and unless you will finaly listen to people like Martin Luther King and send (((them))) back to the eternal fire you will never be free.

ACP's picture

You are another unemployed correct the record troll.

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----_- (not verified) ACP Jan 16, 2017 6:14 PM

your comment has a logic error. because:

ctr = employed

unemployed = not ctr


i know you want me to be an unemployed welfare candidate in your dreams, but im not a parasite unlike the jews and the cat toilet israeli welfare state.

regardless of your bad mood i wish you a good day. (unless you are... you know what. i dont like vicious people)



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----_- (not verified) bamawatson Jan 16, 2017 6:32 PM

people do care if they are ruled by a bunch of filthy zio kikes who want to harm them with their rubbish ideologies and agendas.


you are either a chicken cuck yourself or you have that DNA part of shitty tribalist members.

shovelhead's picture

Have a nice bagle and a schmeer.

You'll feel better.

bamawatson's picture

screen name and avatar says it all

waldo simon's picture

Yo Shemp !

You seem to be motivated on the issue of " jews",

Just a suggestion, perhaps MLK knew about this, dunno...

But, and it's a big but,

The problem to which you , and, with respect Dr King, refer is ZIONISM.

Zionism is the political philosophy which has caused, and continues to cause, such misery, horror, and

endless war on this beautiful planet.

Most zionists are jews, but most "jews" are not zionists.

Big difference---check it out


blue51's picture

Sort of like how nasty and murderous the English " Empire "was , all over the world , and the simple English people were humbly / ignorantly patriotic ?

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OfAllElaboratePlans (not verified) blue51 Jan 16, 2017 7:41 PM

Most zionists are jews, but most "jews" are not zionists.

Big difference---check it out




----_-'s picture

"just trust me you dumbfuck"

847328_3527's picture

I don't see many "women and children" in that migrant crowd like MSM says there are:






They don't look much like "doctors, lawyers and engineers" to me either. Could main stream media be lying to us?

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----_- (not verified) waldo simon Jan 16, 2017 6:47 PM

"and then i told them i am a good jew. haha this dumbfucks trust me"


wtf you conviced me i belive you now!

GGuy's picture
GGuy (not verified) ----_- Jan 16, 2017 7:10 PM




Down votes don't prove me wrong!

CNONC's picture

They had DNA tests which could ID Jews before 1968?  If your going to fake things, have enough respect for your target audience to not be so obvious.  Otherwise we have to assume you are too f**cking stupid to understand the errors you make.

knukles's picture

So FaceBook is gonna start distributing fake news, huh?
Hah ha ha ha ha ha
Mark Zuckerberg is one of the 8 wealthiest on earth.  Go back over his ascendancy and you'll find all sorts of perfectly timed officially blessed hype surrounding him and FaceBlech as the organization grew.  Like think of the Hollywierd Feature Film about him, etc., timed nicely before the IPO. 
Lotta shakin' goin' on with him and federalies can be traced historically.

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mountain99889 (not verified) knukles Jan 16, 2017 7:32 PM

one day they are little Shlomo geek Jew working in the mail room, next day they are billionaire - it means the Mossad/CIA set them up to do a job - Jew pedo island controller Jeffrey Epstein is another example of a Jew who went from rags to riches

Croesus's picture

@ 007:

I don't waste my time on there...the ZH comments section is the limit of my exposure to 'social' media...

At least y'all are capable of intelligent discussion, and don't resort to pathetic posts about 'what you ate for lunch'.

It gives me a lot of hope to know that not ALL of society has become brainwashed, and I mean that.

JamesBond's picture

Cheers mate.

See you at the Fight Club.



bannedonce's picture

I had leftover red beans and rice and leftover farfalle bolognese cuz wasting leftovers is for suckers.

bamawatson's picture

reminds me of cannibal who fell asleep after a meal in a tavern;
his buddy said the bar bitch you ate put you to sleep

shovelhead's picture


A lot of posters here don't tell you what they had for lunch but can't wait to share the result of that lunch.

Wow72's picture

Their competition is just a click away.

OfAllElaboratePlans's picture
OfAllElaboratePlans (not verified) Croesus Jan 16, 2017 5:41 PM

I can't even begin to express the relief I feel now...


I 'FINALLY' feel safe (because jews will NEVER again be criticized for anything ~ which, would CLEARLY be a terrible injustice to the world if it were ever allowed to happen)...

Croesus's picture

@ OfAllElaboratePlans:

Absolutely! This whole "Fake News" thing is a desperation move on their part.

I'm really hoping that some of you are downloading/preserving alt-information, especially good reference material.

I'm limited on how much I can do, but the eventual goal is to create a good virtual library of solid, reliable information, including how-to's, and anything people like us might find useful.

Hide it on a quiet corner of the net, and it will hopefully escape MiniTru's eye.

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OfAllElaboratePlans (not verified) Croesus Jan 16, 2017 6:25 PM

You're not talking about those 'FAKED' photoshopped saved web pages now are you? ~ lol




(Achilles to Bresius ~ lamentingly referring to WAR, after he killed Hector)

mountain99889's picture
mountain99889 (not verified) Croesus Jan 16, 2017 7:27 PM

I used to do that - from 1999 to about 2005 I downloaded 1000s of articles of Jews pushing us into war - for posterity - 

mountain99889's picture
mountain99889 (not verified) mountain99889 Jan 16, 2017 10:44 PM

All of those 1000's of articles showing Jews pushing us into war from 1999 to 2005 - it's a little slice of history -  it's all on a compressed zip file - maybe I send the zip file to the New York Times - and they will expose the Jewish warmongerers - or maybe I send it to Alex Jones, they'll know what to do with the information - \sarc

Snípéir_Ag_Obair's picture

its just censorship.


the 'fake news' thing is just a way to get you to forget that its a out censoring speech.

Oracle 911's picture

LOL, I hope it will become true.

Creative_Destruct's picture

One can only hope FuckBook deletes itself!

But if Correctiv is anything like the US Fact Checkers (PolitiLeft of the St Pete Lies, et al), then the remnants may be 100% SHIT. 


Consuelo's picture



And the hordes of gullible goyim who use his 'service' are indeed in 'service' to Moloch.   After all, what did he call them - 'Stupid Fucks' or some such...?



Yes We Can. But Lets Not.'s picture

Zuck seems to be suggesting that hurling insults does not fall under free speech.

Let me test that - fuck you Mark Zuckerberg, you egregious, loathsome cu

Swamp Yankee's picture

Veeee have vayz of making you talk!


I mean... thats nice.

malek's picture

By applied politics, looks like the Soviet Union was the actual winner of the Cold War.

The_Dude's picture

Old Stazi...meet New Stazi...

peddling-fiction's picture

Say hi to DHS as well. They were trained by a Stasi guru.

Nothing but the best.

navy62802's picture

Fucking fascists.

Ghostmaker's picture

Now what can go wrong with a Nazi controlling free speech?

Joebloinvestor's picture

They will go after print media next.

GreatUncle's picture

Fake news = a political lie.

Good luck with censoring the lieing politicans.

silverer's picture

Another "Whatever it takes" moment in political history?