Media Matters Is Trying To Influence Facebook’s News Judgment

Peter Hasson | Reporter

Left-wing activist organization Media Matters claims to be secretly working “behind the scenes” with Facebook to influence Facebook’s news judgment on the subject of “fake news,” according to a briefing book for donors obtained by the Washington Free Beacon.

Matter Matters, founded by Clinton hack David Brock and funded by left-wing financier George Soros, claims its “core mission” as an organization is “disarming right-wing misinformation.” This typically takes the form of attacking non-liberal news sources and playing defense for Democrat politicians and other prominent liberals. Leaked emails from the Clinton campaign revealed staffers discussing coordinating with Media Matters to push their message out into the media.

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In the briefing book, Media Matters takes credit for pressuring Facebook into committing to fight fake news. The briefing book goes on to claim that Media Matters has “been engaging with Facebook leadership behind the scenes to share our expertise and offer input on developing meaningful solutions” to what is described as “the dangerous rise of fake news.” As reported by The Daily Caller, data shows that “fake news” sites actually struggle to reach any sort of real audience.

Some conservatives have worried that the war on fake news will be used to silence conservative viewpoints. Facebook has a record of suppressing conservative viewpoints on the site, and some conservative outlets have already been singled out as “fake news” without evidence.

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