Facebook’s fact-checking partnerships in ‘disarray’

Sam Levin at the Guardian checks in with the organisations working with Facebook to offer quick fact-checking. Levin quotes a former managing editor of Snopes, one of the most well-known orgs:

“They’ve essentially used us for crisis PR,” said Brooke Binkowski, former managing editor of Snopes, a factchecking site that has partnered with Facebook for two years. “They’re not taking anything seriously. They are more interested in making themselves look good and passing the buck … They clearly don’t care.”

The most damning allegation in the piece is that fact-checkers were being pushed to prioritise articles that affected Facebook’s advertisers. PolitiFact (one of the other orgs involved) took issue with that, though Levin added (or rather, reiterated) the context:

Finally, while noting that some organisations are happy with the deal, Levin goes on to say the Definers row has hit morale:

“Why should we trust Facebook when it’s pushing the same rumors that its own factcheckers are calling fake news?” said a current Facebook factchecker who was not authorized to speak publicly about their news outlet’s partnership. “It’s worth asking how do they treat stories about George Soros on the platform knowing they specifically pay people to try to link political enemies to him?”