Recent court filings reveal a stunning revelation made by Facebook regarding their ‘fact checker’. They were actually just opinion checkers!
And is an opinion worth the same as a fact? Does it have the same weight?
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Journalist John Stossel is suing Facebook after information he put out regarding climate change was labelled as “false and misleading.”
In court, Facebook responded to Stossel’s defamation claim in the court document by saying they cannot be sued for defamation because their fact-checkers “are mere statements of opinion rather than factual assertions.”
So Facebook has admitted in court papers that their fact checks are not factual at all, but merely opinions.
I wonder how many other “fact-checkers” would admit the same once brought before a court of law?
This is an example of how we’re in the Disinformation Age.
— Orion (@ori0n7) December 10, 2021
Before the court, opinions don’t matter. Only SUPPORTED facts.
Ths is Facebook’s statement.
“The labels themselves are neither false nor defamatory; to the contrary, they constitute protected opinion.”