Facebook sure has a strange definition of analysis.
In the wake of a scandal over the spread of misleading information on its platform, the company hosted a group of reporters on Wednesday in Manhattan with the apparent goal of showcasing its efforts to combat fake news.
But when asked by CNN reporter Oliver Darcy why Facebook hadn’t kicked InfoWars, a slinger of right-wing conspiracy theories, off its platform, the reporter said he didn’t get a satisfactory answer.
“Facebook invited me to an event today where the company aimed to tout its commitment to fighting fake news and information,” Darcy tweeted on Wednesday. “I asked them why InfoWars is still allowed on the platform. I didn’t get a good answer.”
In response to Darcy’s coverage of the event, a Facebook spokesperson tweeted back that the company viewed banning InfoWars from its platform as “contrary to the basic principles of free speech.”
“We see Pages on both the left and the right pumping out what they consider opinion or analysis — but others call fake news,” the company tweeted. “We believe banning these Pages would be contrary to the basic principles of free speech.”
We see Pages on both the left and the right pumping out what they consider opinion or analysis – but others call fake news. We believe banning these Pages would be contrary to the basic principles of free speech.
— Facebook (@facebook) July 12, 2018
And so here, in no particular order, is a sampling of InfoWars headlines. They clearly provide some much-needed “opinion or analysis.”
As yes, clearly only someone on the left would consider these “fake news.”