Journalists working as factcheckers for Facebook have pushed to end a controversial media partnership with the social network – saying the company has ignored their concerns and failed to use their expertise to combat misinformation.
Current and former Facebook factcheckers told the Guardian that the tech platform’s collaboration with outside reporters has produced minimal results and that they’ve lost trust in Facebook – which has repeatedly refused to release meaningful data about the impacts of their work.
Some said Facebook’s hiring of a PR firm that used an antisemitic narrative to discredit critics – fueling the same kind of propaganda factcheckers regularly debunk – should be a deal-breaker.
‘They’ve essentially used us for crisis PR’ said Brooke Binkowski – former managing editor of Snopes – a factchecking site that has partnered with Facebook for two years.
‘They’re not taking anything seriously.
They are more interested in making themselves look good and passing the buck … They clearly don’t care’.
Facebook began building its partnerships with news outlets after the 2016 presidential election – during which fake stories and political propaganda reached hundreds of millions of users on the platform.