PolitiFact editor-in-chief Angie Drobnic Holan was caught begging YouTube to censor more videos for “misinformation,” with one of the reasons being that nobody is watching content published by fact checkers.
The shameless demand for more targeted censorship was made during the GlobalFact 9, a conference for fact checkers organized by the International Fact-Checking Network (IFCN).
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“As an international network of fact-checking organizations, we monitor how lies spread online — and every day, we see that YouTube is one of the major conduits of online disinformation and misinformation worldwide. This is a significant concern among our global fact-checking community,” the IFCN previously wrote in a letter to YouTube.
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Speaking at the conference, Angie Drobnic Holan, editor-in-chief of PolitiFact, complained that fact checker groups are struggling because their content is deeply unpopular on platforms such as YouTube.
“YouTube does not seem to raise accurate, credible information in its algorithms. We have had a lot of experience with YouTube making videos of fact-checking content. It doesn’t seem to do very well,” said Holan. “I think most news organizations are extremely frustrated with your platform,” she added.
In other words, no one cares about boring, hyper-partisan content put out by dubious ‘fact checker’ groups, therefore their more successful competition must be censored!
YouTube’s Brandon Feldman responded to the PolitFact editor’s complaints by assuring her YouTube is doing as much as it can to elevate “authoritative sources.”
On YouTube, the elevation of “authoritative sources” means mainstream news outlets and liberal institutions appear at the top of search results, with dissenting narratives buried deep down the list, if they appear at all.
But according to the fact checking groups, this artificial advantage is still not enough.
As we previously highlighted, the co-founder of one of the world’s leading ‘fact checker’ organizations, which presents itself as the supreme authority on which sources of information can be trusted, told the world that the Hunter Biden laptop story was a “hoax.” For the record, the laptop story is now completely confirmed.
The Wuhan lab leak, a theory now accepted by the head of the World Health Organization, was also once shadow banned as a result of it being declared a “conspiracy theory” by fact checkers.
It is worth remembering at this point that fact checkers are mostly unqualified amateurs who do not hold qualifications as journalists or investigators. Snopes CEO David Mikkelson employed his new wife, an L.A. based high class escort, to work for the fact checking site. The rest of the contributors are bloggers with liberal activist backgrounds.
Lead fact checker Kim LaCapria even admits she regularly “fact checks” while stoned. It’s California, it’s legal. That’s not the problem. The problem is that fact checking political news is a serious business, and it should be taken seriously by fact checkers.
But instead, whenever stories emerge that are damaging to the establishment, fact checkers are weaponized to bury them by falsely labeling such stories “misleading” or “hoaxes” even if they are completely authentic.
This then serves to justify their censorship by social media algorithms and the targeted banning and deplatforming of anyone who tries to amplify information that fact checkers have buried.
Fact checkers are not impartial, independent outlets, interested in establishing the truth. They are hyper-partisan attack dogs working on behalf of the corrupt establishment.