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Facebook tells Elizabeth Warren it has two different standards for climate fact-checking

The Verge Friday, 14 August 2020
Facebook tells Elizabeth Warren it has two different standards for climate fact-checkingPhoto Illustration by Omar Marques/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

Facebook says its third-party fact-checking partners “do review and rate climate misinformation, and there has never been a prohibition against them doing so,” in a response to criticism from Democratic senators. Facebook will continue its policy of exempting “clear opinion content” from fact-checking, the letter says. The senators are unsatisfied.

In the response, which was shared exclusively with The Verge, the tech behemoth says it does not consider all climate change content “opinion.” But opinion articles about climate change don’t receive fact-checking, a policy Facebook says it began in 2016.

"“There should be no company too big, too powerful, and too opaque to be held accountable for its role in the climate crisis.”"

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