Facebook warned Christian satire site The Babylon Bee that they would be sanctioned for fake news because Snopes said so.
When the media claims that Facebook, Twitter, and Google are trying to save us from the national threat of Russian bots, keep in mind how that really works out. The Christian satire site The Babylon Bee posted a story about CNN buying an industrial-capacity washer to spin news and Snopes rated it false. So Facebook threatened the site as if it was trying to convince readers that the cable news network purchased a literal washing machine!
Adam Ford, who runs The Babylon Bee, was warned by Facebook that a recent satire article about CNN “contains information disputed by (Snopes.com) an independent fact checker.” Repeat offenders, Ford was told, “will see their distribution reduced and their ability to monetize and advertized [sic] removed.”
The story in question pokes fun at CNN with the headline: “CNN Purchases Industrial-Sized Washing Machine To Spin News Before Publication.” Anyone with even a sliver of a funny bone tucked away behind their appendix would know that it wasn’t a serious news piece, but, alas, the humorless dolts at Snopes had to spell out the obvious.
Claim: CNN invested in an industrial-sized washing machine to help their journalists and news anchors spin the news before publication.
“Although it should have been obvious that the Babylon Bee piece was just a spoof of the ongoing political brouhaha over alleged news media ‘bias’ and ‘fake news,'” Snopes explained, “some readers missed that aspect of the article and interpreted it literally.”
Facebook’s ridiculous censorship obviously has nothing to do with promoting truth. YouTube is even worse:
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