In the past couple of months, there has been a soaring trend regarding social media posts being blocked or deemed as “false”.
This is something that Facebook and Twitter started implementing throughout during election process and continued to do after President Joe Biden’s victory.
Most of their actions are founded on the basis of Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act according to which the “computer service provider isn’t responsible for what is published on a certain network”.
One of the most publicized cases of Facebook issuing fact checks is the one regarding Adam Rahuba’s controversial Twitter post.
The Story Behind Adam Rahuba’s Banned Twitter Account
It all began when Adam Rahuba, a man from Pittsburgh and a self-claimed Antifa leader did threaten Trump and his supporters.
According to his Twitter post, which was massively shared on different social networks, Adam and the members of the Antifa organization threatened to block roads, grocery shops as well as engage in an armed retaliation in case formed-President Trump doesn’t concede.
Just a couple of hours after his post, on November 20th, Twitter deleted Adam’s account.
How is this related to Facebook fact-checking?
Well, just a few days later, the article describing the whole situation which was posted on several conservative pages including “100 Percent FED Up” was listed as false.
This was done by Alan Duke who has been hired to identify the authenticity of the information shared on social media (Facebook in this case).
While he doesn’t have any previous experience regarding fact-checking, Alan has reported crime stories on CNN for more than 26 years.
Deeply disturbed by the fact that the article he had written was deemed as false, Patty McMurray did write an email to Alan asking for an explanation as well as the removal of the “fact check”.
In his message, Patty did admit that he misspelled Pittsburgh for Pitsburg (which was one of the Points that Alan made in his Lead Stories article) but also stated the threats written by Adam can’t be considered a prank.
According to him, although Washington Post claimed that Rahuba was a prankster, calling “armed retaliation” and “road blocking” can’t be accepted.
The response that Alan made was quite vague and suggested that the fact check violation won’t be removed.
The main issue with the Facebook fact-checkers is that most “employees” don’t have any experience with this matter and act by biased opinions.
Proof for that is that even 70 days after the article has been posted the fact check violation still stands.