In court filing, Facebook admits ‘fact checks’ are nothing more than opinion
Facebook has admitted in a court of law that such fact checks are not factual at all, but merely opinions.
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As we have previously reported, journalist John Stossel is suing Facebook after Facebook’s ‘fact checkers’ labeled climate change information that Stossel posted as “false and misleading.” In the middle of all this is the infamous website “Climate Feedback,” which has a bunch of climate zealots that write up what they claim are “fact checks” for articles, videos, and news stories they disagree with.
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Facebook just blew the “fact check” claim right out of the water in court.
In its response to Stossel’s defamation claim, Facebook responds on Page 2, Line 8 in the court document (download it below) that Facebook cannot be sued for defamation (which is making a false and harmful assertion) because its ‘fact checks’ are mere statements of opinion rather than factual reports.
Opinions are not subject to defamation claims, while false assertions of fact can be subject to defamation. The quote in Facebook’s complaint is,
“The labels themselves are neither false nor defamatory; to the contrary, they constitute protected opinion.”
So, in a court of law, in a legal filing, Facebook admits that its’ fact checks’ are not really ‘fact’ checks at all, but merely ‘opinion assertions.’
This strikes me as public relations disaster and possibly a looming legal disaster for Facebook, PolitiFact, Climate Feedback, and other left-leaning entities that engage in biased “fact-checking.”
Such “fact checks” are now shown to be simply a plan to suppress free speech and the open discussion of science by disguising liberal media activism as supposedly factual, noble, neutral, trustworthy, and based on science.
It is none of those.
We are finding that Facebook is not concerned about facts; even though they claim they are, they are worried about public opinion, more specifically, liberal opinion; anything else is fact-checked against this and shut down.
When opinions matter more than facts, that is not a fact check; that is a propaganda check. Does the statement agree with the propaganda of a particular party?
Here is the court filing:
Notes from the Editor
One should not be surprised when “facts” with Facebook change according to political winds.
We have here that not fact-checking Facebook could care less about the facts; what they care about is the political narrative. Thus they censor block news that is not convenient to this narrative they are trying to push.
We are told to trust the “fact-checkers, but when their facts change almost weekly, what last week was marked as false, this is pushed as a scientific fact, it is little wonder why trust in social media censorship is as low as it is.
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