FACT CHECK: Fact checkers are ‘dictators’ who practice censorship

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The YouTube account “Bagong Lipunan” posted a video titled “Yellow Fact-Checkers ang tunay na diktador sa social media.”

The user said their Facebook posts are not appearing on their followers’ news feed because they were taken down by Facebook fact-checkers who are “dictators” who practice censorship. 

CLAIM: Fact-checkers are ‘dictators’ who practice censorship 

RATING: FALSE 

FACTS: 

Facebook has a fact-checking program that works with independent fact-checkers. These fact-checkers assess and verify stories posted online. The social media network also has a set of standing community standards, which when violated, can result to penalties including reduced content distribution.

As many analysts have noted, fact-checking is not censorship, but rather the practice of verifying information through rigorous processes of verification.

WHY IT MATTERS
The YouTube account in question is a verified account and has 155,000 subscribers. As of this writing, the video already reached 1,452 views, 109 likes and 16 comments. – Vanessa Adolfo and Jamaica Marciano

Altermidya Network is part of #FactsFirstPH which brings together various sectors that are committed to promoting truth in the public space, and exacting accountability on those who harm it with lies. For those interested to join the initiative, email info@factsfirst.ph.

 

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