www.frontpagemag.com/fpm/2021/12/facebook-finally-admits-it-its-fact-checks-are-robert-spencer/ FACEBOOK FINALLY ADMITS IT: ITS FACT CHECKS ARE JUST OPINION by Robert Spencer, December 15, 2021

This and the next article are about organizations other than news media that also indulge in propaganda by text and by photo. For years now, Facebook and the other social media giants have been acting as the guardians of acceptable opinion, banning even the president of the United States for stating views they decided had to be forcibly suppressed. But now, facing a serious legal challenge to their massive censorship of dissidents from the Leftist agenda and ongoing infringement of the freedom of speech, Facebook has finally admitted what its foes have contended from the beginning: its “fact checks” are not really factual at all, but are simply opinion. As Facebook put it, “The labels themselves are neither false nor defamatory; to the contrary, they constitute protected opinion.” This is a sleazy tactic, given Facebook’s current power over the public discourse. Reclaim The Net noted that “Facebook wants the ability to allow fact checkers to accuse their users of lying and censor and ban users based on those ‘fact checks,’ but not to have any liability for accusing those users of lying.” Lovers of freedom can only hope that this startling admission is the beginning of the end of the social media giants’ hegemony.

AUTHOR: Robert Spencer is the director of Jihad Watch and a Shillman Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center. He is author of 23 books including many bestsellers, such as The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades), The Truth About Muhammad and The History of Jihad. His latest book is The Critical Qur’an.

This article was published December 15, 2021 by Front Page Magazine and is archived at www.frontpagemag.com/fpm/2021/12/facebook-finally-admits-it-its-fact-checks-are-robert-spencer/.

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