Group financed by George Soros to help Facebook’s ‘Ministry of Truth’
As we and others reported, Facebook, the social media site increasingly known as the “world’s most dangerous censor,” is set to determine what news is “real” and “fake” with the help of left-wing groups like Snopes and Politifact, essentially becoming what George Orwell once called a “Ministry of Truth.” On Friday, Aaron Klein, reporting at Breitbart.com, said the organization that partnered with Facebook in this effort is funded by George Soros and other left-wing funders.
According to Klein:
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.
Poynter’s IFCN is also funded by the Omidyar Network, which is the nonprofit for liberal billionaire eBay founder Pierre Omidyar. The Omidyar Network has partnered with the Open Society on numerous projects and it has given grants to third parties using the Soros-funded Tides Foundation. Tides is one of the largest donors to left-wing causes in the U.S.
It’s becoming even more clear that this effort to allegedly combat “fake news” is nothing but a partisan political witch-hunt designed to silence or stifle information that doesn’t parrot left-wing talking points.
As we noted earlier today, Facebook contributed $400,000 to Clinton’s failed presidential campaign while giving less than $4,000 to Trump. Even Bernie Sanders got $43,000.
Maybe conservatives should seriously consider not giving any more money to Facebook for ads or boosting posts.
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