Christian satire site The Babylon Bee posted a hilarious joke article about CNN using an industrial-sized washing machine to spin the news and Facebook actually fact-checked it with the leftist site Snopes — as if anyone would’ve believed something that obviously far-fetched.
With a Photoshopped picture of a CNN washing machine, the Bee article had its fun:
Facebook sent the site’s creator, Adam Ford, a message that went above and beyond to threats of demonitization.
“Snopes has ‘fact-checked’ several of our articles before,” Ford said to The Daily Caller. “But this is the first time Facebook has used that to threaten us with reduced reach and demonetization.”
Facebook notified Ford:
Ford responded on Twitter:
Snopes, which is run by leftists and has fact-checked the Bee’s satire 13 times and The Onion’s satire 17 times, said its check of the article was “justified because ‘some readers missed that aspect of the article and interpreted it literally,’” the DC reported. It seems impossible, but Snopes is known for erroneous “fact checks:”
Snopes… employs failed liberal bloggers to do its fact checking. Snopes’ main political fact-checker is a writer named Kim Lacapria. Before writing for Snopes, Lacapria wrote for Inquisitr, a blog that is known for publishing fake quotes and even downright hoaxes as much as anything else.
One Facebook user posted on Twitter what clicking on the Bee's story pulled up:
Good job, Facebook. You tagged fake news as fake news. Try it with the real CNN sometime.
Facebook did admit to its “mistake:”
“There’s a difference between false news and satire. This was a mistake and should not have been rated false in our system. It’s since been corrected and won’t count against the domain in any way.”
Of course, this won’t be the last time a conservative site, satire or not, will be censored by Facebook. The algorithms are set to stun anytime a story leans right.
And check out The Babylon Bee, if you haven't already, for some seriously good laughs -- articles so rich with satire, you'll swear they're true! (Check Snopes if unsure.)