Facebook’s Kaplan wanted Daily Caller as fact-checkers

Good run down from the Wall Street Journal about the input of Joel Kaplan, a chief policy advisor at Facebook.

As the only high-profile conservative at the company (other than Peter Thiel, who is of course a board member), Kaplan has a significant say in how Facebook tries to appease those that accuse it of bias. Though, if this piece is anything to go by, his contributions have been anything but unifying. From the report:

Mr. Kaplan argued that The Daily Caller was accredited by the Poynter Institute, a St. Petersburg, Fla.-based journalism nonprofit that oversees a network of fact-checkers. Other executives, including some in the Washington, D.C. office, argued that the publication printed misinformation. The contentious discussion involved Mr. Zuckerberg, who appeared to side with Mr. Kaplan, and Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg. The debate ended in November when The Daily Caller’s fact-checking operation lost its accreditation.

The Daily Caller has a quite shocking rap sheet that any well-minded person would regard as being disqualifying for any involvement with Facebook, let alone as a fact-checker.