Satire Website Babylon Bee is Being Marked as Fake News on Facebook
I'll be the first to admit I've been snagged by a few Babylon Bee headlines. Not to the point I needed them fact-checked. More of a double-take. "Wait, did this really happen...oh, you Babylon Bee guys!" But that's just me. Others have needed the stories fact-checked for them. To the point where Facebook is threatening to penalize the Bee's Facebook page.
When the website's founder Adam Ford tweeted this, I actually went to check if it was actually a Bee post. This one is real, y'all.
Really, Facebook?? https://t.co/HEtBc7C0Gz— Adam Ford (@Adam Ford)1519959163.0
The article in question is Did CNN Purchase an Industrial-Sized Washing Machine to Spin News?. There are apparently so many morons out there it required a "fact" checking from Snopes. Which had this to say:
Although it should have been obvious that the Babylon Bee piece was just a spoof of the ongoing political brouhaha over alleged news media “bias” and “fake news,” some readers missed that aspect of the article and interpreted it literally. But the site’s footer gives away the Babylon Bee’s nature by describing it as “Your Trusted Source For Christian News Satire,” and the site has been responsible for a number of other (usually religious-themed) spoofs that have been mistaken for real news articles.
Obvious to everyone except the monkeys flinging their poo at Facebook's algorithm. And calling themselves unbiased engineers.
Facebook already has well-documented issues with free speech (see Facebook Purges THOUSANDS of Accounts. Right Before the German Election… and Facebook Deletes Tens of Thousands of Posts for “Hate Speech.” Hires More Snowflakes…). This strikes me as a way to censor a Christian satire website. I'm fairly certain no one at Facebook fact-checked The Onion over if Paul Ryan really slit an auto mechanic’s throat.
FACT CHECK: No, he did not.
Facebook wants to claim to be unbiased. When you're threatening a satirical Christian website over satire - on the grounds of fake news - that claim is booty.