Facebook Dumps 'Fake News' Patrol After Spectacular Backfire

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Facebook has abandoned it's fake news 'fact checkers' program to label articles reviewed by Snopes and Politifact as 'disputed,' after the program backfired a little over a year after inception.

Te company pointed to a slowdown in news flow, the fact that stories were required to be deemed "false" before earning a "disputed" label, and because many people were instead drawn to clicking on the articles in question...

Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg says they are a technology company who doesn't hire journalists - so, you know, whoops?

Several Facebook employees made a post on Medium detailing the change:

"In December of last year, we launched a series of changes to identify and reduce the spread of false news in News Feed:

  • We made it easier for people to report stories they think are false news
  • We partnered with independent fact-checking organizations that review articles that might be false
  • We reduced the distribution of articles disputed by fact-checkers
  • We launched a collection of features to alert people when fact-checkers have disputed an article, and to let people know if they have shared, or are about to share, false news"


Disputed flags could sometimes backfire: We learned that dispelling misinformation is challenging. Just because something is marked as “false” or “disputed” doesn’t necessarily mean we will be able to change someone’s opinion about its accuracy. In fact, some research suggests that strong language or visualizations (like a bright red flag) can backfire and further entrench someone’s beliefs.

The company will instead offer up alternative stories containing facts that have already been checked.

Perhaps Facebook also realized that Snopes - run by a bunch of degenerates, has a long history of liberal bias? Last year they were dressed down by the Daily Caller in a fascinating Exposé - featuring evidence of Snopes' liberal bias, several instances of flat out lies, and insight into the individual opinions of the militantly liberal fact checkers who love insulting conservatives.

Let's also remember that Snopes co-founder David Mikkelson, pictured above to the left of the morbidly obese cat - cheated on wife Barbara Mikkelson with the literal prostitute and Snopes administrator pictured in the frame below; taking her on expensive vacations around the world using (allegedly) embezzled Snopes funds while banging her like a steel drum. He then married her despite the fact that she had a website devoted to being a whore and is "past her time as an adult model."

Meanwhile, Politifact is riddled with propaganda. They are incredibly biased, funded by a Clinton Foundation donor, and not even close to being qualified to sit on an exclusive panel of Facebook "FAKE NEWS" judges.

Worst. Thought police. Ever.

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VWAndy Wed, 12/27/2017 - 13:37 Permalink

 Discernment is each of our duty to ourselves. The very notion that FB or anyone else could or should fill that roll is sillyness. All intelligent people should really walk all info past the man in the mirror first. At minimum check the math and basic logic. Seperating beliefs from the provable is a duty one should never leave to any other.

nmewn DownWithYogaPants Wed, 12/27/2017 - 20:41 Permalink

Ya nooowah!...(thank you Hillary for that idiotic lead in to a point to be made...lol)...at some point in the distant future (say, a hundred years from now) a dispassionate, unbiased, neutral team of researchers is going to do a psychological study of the confirmed cognitive dissonance of the left screeching at the top of their lungs about oligarchs even as they cover up for and support their leftwing oligarchs.By then, Mikkelson's body will be a rotting mass of worm food with his soul being tortured forever elsewhere, as will Tom Steyer, Harvey Weinstein, Zuckerberg, Bezos, Gates and Buffet.The thing is, this dispassionate, unbiased, neutral team of psychological researchers of the future will be charged with "thought crimes" if not outright "heresy".Thats why they will be stopped now. 

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LightBeamCowboy ConcernedCitiz… Thu, 12/28/2017 - 16:38 Permalink

A broadly ignorant population, from parents to teachers, has been getting worse for decades. Neither can teach truth if they don't know it. The good news is the internet is reversing the trend, and millions are waking up. The most important aspect of discerning truth is having a large store of past truths in your head with which to compare new information. The more you learn, the faster you can dismiss BS. But it could take a generation to weed out ignorant leftist teachers, even if we start a crash program today.

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yellowsub Wed, 12/27/2017 - 14:45 Permalink

Unfortunately a lot of people takes things for face value and barely reads the articles.  Headlines is enough to convince them if it comes from a "trusted" source.

Fire Chariot Wed, 12/27/2017 - 14:50 Permalink

Facebook's description is a jilted one. Being disbelieved creates much pain in the hollowed out areawhere Zuc's soul previously resided. The unhypnotized population that chooses to do their own fact checkingis much larger than fb imagined, and is hyper-resistant to the words, " Listen to my voice....Your eyelids aregetting heavy....You are getting sleee-peee....".

Joshua2415 Wed, 12/27/2017 - 15:06 Permalink

I told my children when they were in high school and college that if someone was to tell them something, and that something was consistent with their own experiences and observations, then they could probably believe it.  But if what they were being told, regardless of who was doing the telling, was contrary to their own experiences and observations, that they should trust their own experiences and observations and doubt what they are being told.Still a generally good rule of thumb in my opinion.

VWAndy Joshua2415 Wed, 12/27/2017 - 15:13 Permalink

 Yeppers. The ticker guy had an exelent piece on Discernment. Everyone lies, its just human nature and there is nothing we can do to stop it. Its that we fall for it. That part each of us can and should do something about. Walking that dogma should be SOP for everyone. Part of being a growdup. The important part.

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RightLineBacker Wed, 12/27/2017 - 15:09 Permalink

Plus, Facebook, Google, Apple & Microsoft (and maybe Amazon) are simply Evil.All four steal your personal information and sell it for a profit.And they are virtual monopolies.Equally as bad, they are politically Liberal biased and use their billions to bribe elected officials to implement their own evil World views.They should be trust-busted into multiple smaller enterprises. Think crooked Ma Bell.PS: We should do the same for US based pharmaceutical companies - Our Government has granted them a license to steal.End of year end Rant... 

trutherator RightLineBacker Fri, 12/29/2017 - 15:37 Permalink

The Swamp Web cabal with zillionaire contracts with alphabet soup "security" agencies in the Imperial Capital, these are the ones who with their paymasters in Deep State, are the ones who pushed Net Neutrality as if it were a grassroots plea.

They posed it as if it the regulation were in favor of the concerned Internet consumer. The opposite is true.

It is true that those big gatekeepers were afraid of losing their 90+ percent grip on ad revenues. They don't want to share, so the Imperial Court of the last administration lent them a hand and placed the heavy hand of law on the balance and tipped against the new guys. Big liars. Regulation always favors the bigger bully. That's why they protest, like a fox that pleads to avoid henhouse duty.


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ALANBEEKMAN Wed, 12/27/2017 - 15:11 Permalink

Epic fail, Suckerberg.Your intelligent subscribers will do their ownfact checking to decide what's fake and what isn't.As for the stupid ones, who cares. 

Irish Yoga Wed, 12/27/2017 - 16:10 Permalink

Whore-Book-Snopes-Cock-Fake-Orgasim. Ya just can't fix stupid or ugly. Can't fix anything these days that is media related. Let them all implode on their own lack of merits. I own shares in Orville Redenbaucher popcorn.

Librarian Wed, 12/27/2017 - 17:14 Permalink

Snopes co-founder David Mikkelson, pictured above to the left of the morbidly obese catI have to label all the scurilous truths reported about the Mikkelson's "Snopes" website as Fake News.  The term "mobidly obese" is a medical term that only applies to humans and not animals.

hooligan2009 Wed, 12/27/2017 - 17:28 Permalink

what acgtually happened is that the number of facebook subscribers could not handle being outed as snowflakes once their libtard bias was fact checked, so, in order to maintain the number of subscribers, now that the "bot" viewing of ads has been exposed, facebook had to admit that half its subscribers they thought were publishing "fake news", it was, in fact the other half, the snowflakes, that were full of shit and fake news.libtard fuckerburg kills minds and should change his motto to "fuck people up, hugely"