Remember when Facebook had to retrain its employees because the trending news section was biased against conservative points of view? A former employee alleged that the problem stemmed from 90% of the trending news team identifying as ‘liberal’, which meant the culture at Facebook lacked significant diversity of thought.
Facebook did announce earlier this year that reforms were being made after meeting with conservative leaders. However, Breitbart News is reporting that Facebook is now partnering with an organization backed by George Soros to investigate so-called “fake news” on its platform:
The International Fact-Checking Network (IFCN) drafted a code of five principles for news websites to accept, and Facebook yesterday announced it will work with “third-party fact checking organizations” that are signatories to the code of principles.
Facebook says that if the “fact checking organizations” determine that a certain story is fake, it will get flagged as disputed and, according to the Facebook announcement, “there will be a link to the corresponding article explaining why. Stories that have been disputed may also appear lower in News Feed.”
IFCN is hosted by the Poynter Institute for Media Studies. A cursory search of the Poynter Institute website finds that Poynter’s IFCN is openly funded by Soros’ Open Society Foundations as well as the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Google, and the National Endowment for Democracy.
You can read the Breitbart article in its entirety here.
Facebook is one of the most liberal companies in our database, but partnering with organizations tied to Soros appears the be a step in the wrong direction if Facebook truly wants to be a free marketplace of ideas.