Facebook accused of censorship by the liberal site after Weekly Standard, fact checks article



Twitter and Facebook executives grilled on Capitol Hill

Response from Kurt ‘the CyberGuy’ Knutsson.

A liberal news site see red after a Facebook fact checker tagged a story as false.

A writer at the liberal news site ThinkProgress is outraged that Facebook has the label of an article that he wrote about the Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh as “false” based on a fact check by The Weekly Standard.

Facebook announced last year that it would work with The Weekly Standard, which describes itself as a “Weekly Conservative Magazine And Blog,” if a fact checking partner.

The ThinkProgress article in question is, “Brett Kavanaugh said that he would kill Roe v. Wade last week and almost nobody noticed.”

The label was applied because Kavanaugh never “said” he would “kill” Roe V. Wade, as mentioned in the ThinkProgress headline.

Facebook degrades messages assessed by the fact-checkers as “false,” which can reduce the article’s distribution in the news Feed of 80 percent.


A source familiar with the incident told Fox News that if two fact-checkers disagree on a rating, then is Facebook not take into account the article with the distribution in the Newsfeed.


About the incident with ThinkProgress, the source said that the other fact-checkers has no objection to the Weekly Standard, rating.

ThinkProgress responded with “Facebook’s idea of ‘fact-checking’: Censorship ThinkProgress because conservative site said to them: ‘written by Ian Millhiser, Justice Editor for ThinkProgress and the writer of the original story that was actually controlled by Facebook.

“The article in question…pointed out that, if you have a statement Kavanaugh made during his confirmation hearing in addition to a statement he made in 2017, it is clear that he communicates that he opposes Roe v. Wade. Our article is factually correct and The Weekly Standard, stand against us is wrong,” Millhiser wrote.

Which two statements are set forth in the original Millhiser article, which cites a Kavanaugh speech in 2017 praising Justice William Rehnquist’s criticism in Roe v. Wade and advice “with the argument that the Trump of administration may temporarily caught undocumented women who seek an abortion.”

MoveOn claimed Brett Kavanaugh “, he said that he would overturn” Roe v. Wade. ThinkProgress claimed Kavanaugh “said he would kill”. Neither statement is true. Our @HolmesLybrand with an excellent fact-check.

— Stephen Hayes (@stephenfhayes) September 11, 2018

Millhiser goes on to write that “said” may mean “wise,” the “show” or “communicate” an idea, referring to the original ThinkProgress headline.


“If the headline had said that Kavanaugh was” found to turn off ” or “hinted at,” or even “strongly suggested” he would kill Roe v. Wade, that is one thing. But ‘said’ is a strong word. It makes it sound like Kavanaugh directly said that it is his intent to kill Roe v. Wade,” wrote Robby Soave in a libertarian online publication.

“To be honest, I don’t understand all the fuss. ThinkProgress was easily able to solve or disprove my fact check and to solve the problem. They have chosen, so far, not to seek a remedy or rebuttal,” said Weekly Standard, fact checker, Holmes Lybrand in a tweet.

In addition to the Weekly Standard, and other U.S.-based Facebook fact checking outlets, which are certified by the Poynter, the Associated Press,, PolitiFact, and

Fox News to The Weekly Standard for comment.

Fox News’ Christopher Carbone contributed to this report.

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