Facebook Vice President Nick Clegg recently admitted that the company’s “fact-checkers” are biased and have a secret political agenda which they fulfil via their partnership with Facebook.
According to a European Commission document, former British Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg admitted that Facebook’s fact-checkers who censor so-called “fake news” are secretly pursuing a political agenda which aims to eradicate conservatives from the online community.
Clegg made the stunning admission to EU officials last November during discussions about the tech giant’s handling of misinformation on its platforms.
Facebook announced its fact-checking program in 2016 as a means to prevent the election of President Trump and Brexit from ever occurring again.
Breitbart.com reports: Many praised the move from Facebook, but many others were quick to point out what appeared to be examples of bias in the enforcement of the new fact-checking policies. Facebook has been accused of censoring legitimate stories and stifling public debate, notably in recent months the company has been accused of censoring stories relating to the theory that coronavirus could have leaked from a Wuhan laboratory.
For months, Facebook removed or placed warning labels on stories relating to this theory, until last month it reversed this decision entirely when President Joe Biden ordered an inquiry into the claims. Now, minutes of a meeting between Clegg and Vera Jourova, vice-president of the European Commission, appear to show that Clegg is aware that the site’s fact-checkers might be biased.
The minutes of the meeting state: “He [Mr Clegg] also stressed that independent fact-checkers are not necessarily objective because they have their own agenda.” Former UK Cabinet Minister David Jones commented on Clegg’s statement, saying that it was “deeply worrying.”
Jones added: “The admission completely destroys the credibility of Facebook’s own procedures. It offers news organizations no right of appeal when it censors them, even though it may have acted on the advice of fact-checkers who are motivated by ‘their own agenda’.”
Facebook commented on the situation, saying in a statement: “‘Nick never suggested there is bias in our fact-checking programme. He did describe that one benefit of having a range of independent fact-checking partners is the variety of specialisms in different countries and issue areas that they bring.”
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