September 28, 2022

Facebook to let “fact checkers” comment on posts that “may not be verifiably false”

A new pilot program.

Just in case anything slips through the existing “ fact-checking, ” narrative-enforcing cracks of Facebook’s censorship, a new “ feature” is now being introduced as a pilot.

Through it, Facebook is letting a small group of ALL OF US “ fact-checkers” leave feedback on public posts, which “ may not be verifiably fake, but that people may find deceptive. ”

It has been revealed in the tech and social media behemoth’s  Community Standards Enforcement Report   for the second quarter of this year. Among Facebook’s (Meta’s) activities covered in the report concerns its third-party fact-checker – aka, the “ hired censorship guns” program.

At the very end of the report, Facebook briefly mentions the exceedingly interesting brand new pilot program. While experts will no doubt see it as yet an additional avenue for the giant in order to steer users in a specific direction, it is presented as quite the opposite: allegedly to “ empower” users as they find content and are deciding “ what to read, share, plus trust. ”

“ A small group of our ALL OF US third-party fact-checking partners has the ability to comment in English plus Spanish to provide more information upon public Facebook posts which they determine could benefit from more context, ” the review reads.

Will this mean what it seems like it means – that Fb is using fact-checkers to appear a lot more like real users commenting, impacting on actual real users – rather than reviled enforcers slapping labels on posts that result in deranking and outright censorship?

It can hard to tell from the little space Facebook’s report dedicates to the project. We can say for certain that it is separate from the “ fact-checking” program that results in penalties for users.

If a “ fact-checker” from the select group leaves a comment on your write-up, it will not represent a fact-check rating, directly result in harmful consequences, or downrank content, Facebook promises.

Elsewhere in the report, Facebook reveals that in the Q2 of 2022, “ fact-checker” warnings have been put on over 200 million posts, including re-shares.

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