Who Fact Checks the Fact Checkers? (Facebook, YouTube, Twitter) (VL207)

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As Coronavirus (COVID-19) continues its spread and the world's tech/social media giants (Facebook, YouTube, Twitter) prepare for a contentious 2020 election season, the question of "fake news" has become a very, very important one.

But who gets to decide what is "fake" or "false"?

How can that decision ultimately be used to shape public discourse?

And why should we all be wary of handing Mark Zuckerberg (or anyone else) the reins of the world's critical thinking?

We believe in the value of even bad ideas...in Virtual Legality.

#Facebook #YouTube #Twitter

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Discussed in this episode:

"Facebook’s ‘fact checkers’ are the real fake news after censoring Post story"
New York Post - April 17, 2020 - Editorial Board
https://nypost.com/2020/04/17/facebook-fact-checkers-foul-again-after-censoring-post-story/

"Don’t buy China’s story: The coronavirus may have leaked from a lab"
New York Post - February 22, 2020 - Steven Mosher
https://nypost.com/2020/02/22/dont-buy-chinas-story-the-coronavirus-may-have-leaked-from-a-lab/

"Fact-Checking on Facebook: What Publishers Should Know"
Facebook Business
https://www.facebook.com/help/publisher/182222309230722

"Viral New York Post article perpetuates the unfounded claim that the virus that causes COVID-19 is manmade"
Health Feedback - March 2, 2020 - Flora Teoh
https://healthfeedback.org/evaluation/viral-new-york-post-article-perpetuates-the-unfounded-claim-that-the-covid-19-virus-is-manmade/

"Monetization update on COVID-19 content"
YouTube Help
https://support.google.com/youtube/answer/9803260

"Sources believe coronavirus outbreak originated in Wuhan lab as part of China's efforts to compete with US"
Fox News - April 16, 2020 - Bret Baier, Gregg Re
https://www.foxnews.com/politics/coronavirus-wuhan-lab-china-compete-us-sources

"Top Official at Wuhan Disease Lab Denies Any Link to Coronavirus Outbreak"
Time - April 20, 2020 - Bloomberg
https://time.com/5824061/wuhan-lab-denies-link-coronavirus-outbreak/

"Coronavirus: Is there any evidence for lab release theory?"
BBC News - April 16, 2020 - Paul Rincon
https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-52318539

"Coronavirus: Staying safe and informed on Twitter"
April 1, 2020 Update
https://blog.twitter.com/en_us/topics/company/2020/covid-19.html

"Preliminary investigations conducted by the Chinese authorities have found no clear evidence of human-to-human transmission"
Tweet - January 14, 2020 - World Health Organization (WHO) (@WHO)
https://twitter.com/WHO/status/1217043229427761152

"CDC Confirms Person-to-Person Spread of New Coronavirus in the United States"
CDC Press Release - January 30, 2020
https://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2020/p0130-coronavirus-spread.html

"Seriously people- STOP BUYING MASKS!"
Tweet - February 29, 2020 - U.S. Surgeon General (@Surgeon_General)
https://twitter.com/Surgeon_General/status/1233725785283932160

"U.S. health officials say Americans shouldn’t wear face masks to prevent coronavirus — here are 3 other reasons not to wear them"
MarketWatch - March 2, 2020 - Elisabeth Buchwald
https://www.marketwatch.com/story/the-cdc-says-americans-dont-have-to-wear-facemasks-because-of-coronavirus-2020-01-30

"It's Official: CDC Recommends Public Wear Face Masks"
MedPage Today - April 4, 2020 - Shannon Firth
https://www.medpagetoday.com/infectiousdisease/covid19/85800

"Use of Cloth Face Coverings to Help Slow the Spread of COVID-19"
CDC Fact Sheet
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/DIY-cloth-face-covering-instructions.pdf

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