The Weekly Standard and the Flaws in Facebook’s Fact-Checking Program

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When Facebook announced in 2016 its plans to outsource fact-checking to a group of third-party specialists, even some critics gave the company credit for trying to help solve the misinformation or fake news problem. But in its efforts to appear as politically neutral as possible, Facebook set a trap for itself, and that trap was sprung last week, when the conservative news magazine The Weekly Standard flagged as false a piece the left-leaning ThinkProgress wrote about Supreme Court judicial nominee Brett Kavanaugh and his views on abortion.

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