Denouncing Facebook’s ‘Soft Censorship’ of Independent News Agencies, Rutherford Institute Warns ‘False News’ Policies Undermine Press Freedom | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED


Denouncing Facebook’s ‘Soft Censorship’ of Independent News Agencies, Rutherford Institute Warns ‘False News’ Policies Undermine Press Freedom

Declaring that the manner in which Facebook has allowed its “false news” labeling policies to be applied to independent news organizations is contrary to the values embodied in the First Amendment, and is wholly inconsistent with standards of fairness and due process, The Rutherford Institute has come to the defense of The Free Thought Project, a news organization that has had several of its news stories wrongly labeled “false news” by Facebook.

In a letter to Facebook, attorneys for The Rutherford Institute warn that the defects in Facebook’s “false news” policies are especially problematic for non-mainstream news sources that are less beholden to corporate interests, are free to report on controversial stories and issues that the mainstream media may shy away from, and depend on the exposure provided by Facebook. Unfortunately, for these very reasons, Institute attorneys note that non-mainstream news agencies are also more likely to be challenged and branded as “fake news” by Facebook, leading to “soft censorship.”

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