MADISON — Mark Zuckerberg’s censor machine has shut down all manner of conservative speech in the name of “fact-checking.”
Facebook’s heavy-handed “fake news” busting extends to memes — even when they’re true.
Recently, the social network giant targeted a meme on Empower Wisconsin’s Facebook page. In graying the page (gray apparently is the color of shame), Facebook marked the post as containing “False Information.”
“The same information was checked in another post by independent fact checkers,” Big Brother proclaimed.
What was so egregious? .
The meme includes a picture of a black man with an American flag draped over his shoulders. It says:
Juneteenth: June 19th, 1865.
The Day Republicans and the Union Army Freed the Remaining Slaves … From Democrats.
Sure, the message is tough for Democrats to read. An inconvenient truth for liberals to be sure, but historically true nonetheless.
So why did the meme receive a “False Information” scarlet letter?
Because Facebook doesn’t think, it censors.
In its explanation, the social network points to an Associated Press “Fact Check” that debunks the claim that the “NRA was formed to help Black people defend themselves against the Democrats’ Ku Klux Klan.”
The meme Empower Wisconsin posted included no such statement. Apparently other versions of the Juneteenth meme did.
So Facebook is censoring Empower Wisconsin’s post because an independent fact check found information not included in the post false?
We attempted to contact the fine folks at Facebook to tell them of their error. Guess how that went. Kind of like unemployment insurance claimants trying to reach Gov. Tony Evers’ Department of Workforce Development.
Here’s the bigger problem, though. Facebook can undercut the credibility of a news organization based on erroneous information. It automatically stamps something as “False Information” without actually verifying — or fact-checking — whether the information is truly false.
Anyone can say something is false. Anyone. Here’s how the process works, according to Facebook:
To mark a post as false news:
- Click next to the post you’d like to mark as false. Click Find support or report post. Click False Information, then click Next. Click Done.