Facebook fact checkers love to add their addendum to the bottom of posts. It has become as wide spread disregarded as providing Snopes as a definitive authority on information being accurate. While none of this is a big secret, nor a surprise – I have stumbled upon proof that the average person is more credible than those inserting themselves into our social media threads from behind the scenes.
Like most people, I have fell victim to laziness and shared a post without verifying the information for myself. It happens, we all do it. To expect a personal facebook page to be riddled with the same level of validation as a news source is asinine. However, I do my best to validate things before I post, and I have a tendency of providing the proof within the post. This just so happens to be one of those times.
On August 28th, various posts started circulating around social media claiming that 39 missing children were found in a double wide in Georgia. The posts also assert that this should be a top story in mainstream news, but it wasn’t. When I saw this, my instincts kicked in and I instantly searched the news for the claim.
Yes, U.S. Marshals say they found 39 missing children in Georgia during two-week operation, as CBS News reported. I included the link in my shared post and went on my way.
It just so happened that today I was scrolling back through my feed to gather links I had previously shared about gain-of-function research in order to complete another article, and I came across this post with the Facebook fact checker addendum: “Independent fact-checkers say this information has no basis in fact.”
Well that’s funny, because I sourced my post. Furthermore, there was a news conference notifying the public of the development of this case.
What cause does Facebook have to blatantly disregard such well documented fact as baseless?
The screen shots below were taken by myself of my own feed, and will serve as proof should Facebook reverse their decision after the publication of this article.