DETROIT (ChurchMilitant.com) - Facebook will be using pro-abortion media organizations to bring an end to "fake news." The social media giant will partner up with the Poynter International Fact-Checking Network to evaluate the truthfulness of stories.
Snopes, ABC, Politifact, FactCheck and the Associated Press (AP) — part of the Poynter Network — will be part of the effort.
Adam Mosseri, Facebook's vice president of product development, remarked,
We believe providing more context can help people decide for themselves what to trust and what to share. We've started a program to work with third-party fact checking organizations that are signatories of Poynter's International Fact Checking Code of Principles. We'll use the reports from our community, along with other signals, to send stories to these organizations.
According to pro-life critics, Politifact and ABC in their fact-checking and news reports have exhibited a clear bias in favor of the pro-abortion lobby.
For example, ABC news anchor George Stephanopoulos has denied that Planned Parenthood (PP) was involved in the sale of fetal tissue and body parts. In an interview with outgoing RNC Chairman Reince Priebus, Stephanopoulos remarked, "There was never any proof of selling fetal parts."
It has also been noted that ABC news devoted 15 times more coverage to the death of Cecil the Lion than to PP's traffic in aborted babies' body parts.
Politifact has also reportedly exhibited a strong pro-abortion bias. Politifact rated as false the assertion that Wendy Davis, the Texas state legislator, opposes any limits on late-term abortions.
Bo Delp, campaign spokesman for Davis, commented, "Like most Texans, Sen. Davis opposes late-term abortions except when the life or health of the mother is endangered, in cases of rape or incest or in the case of severe and irreversible fetal abnormalities."
According to the pro-life community, however, her support of exceptions opens the way for late-term abortions to be committed for any reason.
As part of the new system, any user of Facebook can flag an article that they think is false or inaccurate. That article will then be reviewed by factcheckers to determine the accuracy and truthfulness of the story. If an article is determined to be false, Facebook will label that post as "fake news," and will provide a link to the organization that factchecked the story.
Alexios Mantzarlis, an official with Poynter's International Fact-Checking Network, remarked, "I think we'll have to wait and see early results to determine how effective the strategy is. In my eyes, erring on the side of caution is not a bad idea with something so complicated."
In the wake of Donald Trump's election, some have alleged that fake news played a role in Trump winning the election.
A fake news writer, Paul Horner, remarked, "Nobody factchecks anything anymore — I mean, that's how Trump got elected." He went on to say, "I think Trump is in the White House because of me. His followers don't factcheck anything — they'll post everything, believe anything."
The founder of Facebook and Trump's team have pushed back against these allegations.
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has rejected the claim that fake news was behind Trump's shock win. At the Techonomy conference on November 10, Zuckerberg commented, "Personally, I think the idea that fake news on Facebook — of which it's a small amount of content — influenced the election in any way is a pretty crazy idea."
Kellyanne Conway, Trump's senior advisor, remarked, "The most fake piece of news I heard all along up until Election Day and still hear from some people is that Donald Trump couldn't win. How's that for fake news?"