Are your Facebook posts being shown to your friends and followers — or have you been “shadowbanned” by Snopes for sharing conservative content on the social media platform?
Shadowbanning is a new concept in social media and involves banning a user from a platform in such a way that the banned user is unaware of the ban. A shadowbanned user will be able to see their own posts, but other users, including friends and followers, do not get to see them in their newsfeed.
Thanks to new Facebook rules, conservatives who share news articles that Snopes decide to suppress, or opinion pieces that CEO David Mikkelson considers deplorable, are having their Facebook posts hidden from their friends, family and followers.
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Snopes was tapped by Facebook as one of its approved fact-checking groups and given the ability to mark stories on the site as “true” or “false”. While this idea sounds fine in theory, in practice it has had a chilling effect on free speech, while limiting the free expression of conservatives on the internet.
Let’s look at a recent case in point. This past week many conservatives shared a news article written by this author about a double murder in Huntsville, Alabama. Two men were arrested and charged, including a Mexican Sinaloa cartel employee who was later detained by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
This was the original article @snopes founder @davidpmikkelson decided to 'fact-check' – automatically causing @facebook's algorithm to stop people from seeing it: https://t.co/ZBgETw2oue
— News Punch (@realnewspunch) July 16, 2018
Snopes reviewed the article and gave it a “Mixture” rating, presumably meaning they believe some information contained in the article is false.
However after reading the Snopes article “debunking” the news story, it becomes apparent the “fact checking” outlet is not disputing the verified news story, but is engaging in the most egregious case of politically motivated “fact checking” overreach to date.
According to the Snopes “debunk”, there are two reasons they deem the news article about a barbaric crime worthy of suppression on social media:
- According to David Mikkelson, a Mexican citizen employed by the notorious Sinaloa drug cartel — who has been detained by ICE — may not be an illegal alien
- Mikkelson also takes issue with the claim there was a “media blackout” concerning the story, citing some minor reports in local news regarding court hearings to claim the case wasn’t being ignored
Are these the real reasons Snopes chose to suppress the real, verified crime story on Facebook? Or is it because the story does not fit the liberal agenda pushed by the Democratic Party and mainstream news outlets?
Many readers believe “fact checkers” do not check facts; rather they serve as damage control tools the Democratic Party establishment and liberal mainstream media. Snopes never fact check mainstream media. CNN regularly publishes unverified, baseless information citing anonymous sources and Snopes routinely grants them a pass.
Whereas an alternative media outlet publishing news of interest to conservatives will be suppressed by Snopes for the thought crime of identifying an ICE detainee as an illegal alien.
This absurd “ruling” by the Snopes’ CEO means conservatives who are concerned about a barbaric crime that was committed by an illegal alien will not be allowed to share the content with their friends and followers. The real, verified information contained in the article has been stopped from reaching the public by Snopes.
Information deemed important enough to be shared by American citizens will now be hidden from their friends, family and followers on Facebook — effectively shadowbanning these users — because David Mikkelson thinks a Mexican Sinaloa cartel employee — who has been detained by ICE — is not necessarily an illegal alien.
It is worth remembering at this point that Snopes are a team of unqualified amateurs who do not hold qualifications as journalists or investigators. CEO David Mikkelson employed his new wife, an L.A. based high class escort, to work for the fact checking site. The rest of the contributors are bloggers with liberal activist backgrounds.
Lead fact checker Kim LaCapria even admits she regularly “fact checks” while stoned. It’s California, it’s legal. That’s not the problem. The problem is that fact checking political news is a serious business, and it should be taken seriously by Snopes – especially now that Facebook have anointed them watchdogs of all of our news feeds with the power to shadowban users.
Facebook should draw the line at using the services of a fact checking company whose senior staff admit they work while stoned. There is too much at stake.