Facebook (aka “Meta”) has admitted in court that the “fact-checks” used by the site to blacklist non-corporate media content are actually opinion-based labels which do not conduct any real fact-checking of information posted to the site. The evidence was revealed during the court proceeding for a defamation case filed by John Stossel. Stossel’s work on climate change was labeled by Facebook as “false and misleading.” In response to Stossel’s suit, Facebook wrote that the company cannot be sued for defamation in relation to the fact-checking. Defamation is defined as “making false and harmful assertions.” Under this definition, Facebook argued that
An editor for Lead Stories – a “fact-checking” outlet working for social media platforms including Facebook and TikTok – has attempted to coerce advertisers into dropping conservative media outlets as clients in social media posts unearthed by The National Pulse. The unearthed posts on Twitter from Lead Stories Copy Editor Leslie Lapides follow the outlet’s founder and Editor-in-Chief Alan Duke repeatedly denying allegations of left-wing bias. Contrary to Duke’s insistence, Lapides has tweeted at least four times in support of a Sleeping Giants campaign targeting advertisers listed on Breitbart News. Sleeping Giants, which avows to “make bigotry and sexism less profitable,”
Alan Duke, the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Facebook’s fact-checking partner Lead Stories, admitted he is “very comfortable” doing business with the Chinese Communist Party-linked technology firm ByteDance. The admission came during Duke’s appearance on Steve Bannon’s War Room: Pandemic podcast, where he was questioned if he “feels comfortable being on retainer with a company that has a direct to the Chinese Communist Party and to the People’s Liberation Army and is included as part of a national asset.” ByteDance, which is the parent company of TikTok, has seen its founder pledge to use the company to “promote socialist core values”
Alan Duke, the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Facebook’s fact-checking partner Lead Stories, admitted a National Pulse exposé into a writer’s financial support for Democratic candidates led to their removal from the role of “fact checking” political stories for the site. A National Pulse exposé from June 2020 – “Facebook’s Fact-Checker ‘Lead Stories’ Is Staffed By Exclusively Democrat Party Donors, CNN Staffers, And ‘Defeat Trump’ Activists” – revealed that writer Gita Smith repeatedly donated to Democratic candidates and left-wing groups according to the Federal Election Commission (FEC). The left-wing donations are at odds with the outlet’s frequent claims they are unbiased
Alan Duke – the co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of Facebook and TikTok’s fact-checking partner “Lead Stories” – admitted a stunning refusal to drop clients with ties to the Chinese Communist Party flagged by the U.S. government. The admission came during a War Room: Pandemic interview where Duke, whose outlet has censored several National Pulse articles critical of Joe Biden and Facebook. While the outlet claims to be “unbiased,” Federal Election Commission (FEC) records reveal that all donations from employees have gone to Democratic candidates and anti-Trump groups. In an effort to cover up the outlet’s left-wing bias, Duke alleges that co-founder
Lead Stories – a so-called “fact-checking” outlet partnered with both Facebook and the Chinese Communist Party-linked TikTok app – has launched a campaign to defend Wuhan Institute of Virology collaborator Ralph Baric after The National Pulse unearthed his 2018 remarks outlining how to “make money” from pandemics. Representing yet another conflict of interest, Lead Stories is funded in large part by Facebook, whose founder Mark Zuckerberg’s personal charity has sent six-figure grants to Baric. As revealed by The National Pulse, the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative awarded a $433,000 grant to Baric’s University of North Carolina Chapel Hill lab for coronavirus research.
Lead Stories, the foreign-run, fact-checking platform used by Facebook, has censored a National Pulse article highlighting Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s acknowledgement of a U.S. government report which concluded that “China prefers that President Trump does not win reelection.” Lead Stories recently announced a partnership with the CCP-linked TikTok app. The fact-checker was recently enlisted by TikTok to “monitor misinformation about the 2020 election,” despite TikTok itself being routinely used to influence the election. Just days after this announcement Lead Stories began to censor stories on Facebook that harm the Chinese Communist Party’s interest. National Pulse Editor-in-Chief Raheem Kassam commented on the
TikTok – the controversial app set to be banned by the Trump administration for its Chinese links – has partnered with Facebook’s proven far-left, foreign-run fact-checker “Lead Stories” in a bid to moderate content related to the 2020 election. Lead Stories is neither independent nor U.S.-based, as revealed by the National Pulse in June. TikTok’s enlistment of the service only serves to bolsters the validity of those suspect of the app’s foreign ties. Specifically, the fact-checking platform outlined that among the “two founders who actually make the editorial decisions” is Maarten Schenk, a Belgian National. Schenk, whose news aggregation service known as “Trendolizer”