Facebook Is Not a News Source

From Popular Info:

But then, without explanation, the fact-check was removed. If a Facebook user attempts to share the article today, there is no warning and no link to the fact-check. Shellenberger’s piece, on The Daily Wire and elsewhere, has now been shared over 65,000 times on Facebook. 

What happened? 

Internal Facebook documents obtained by Popular Information reveal that, prior to the removal of the fact-check, Science Feedback’s fact-check of The Daily Wire article was brought to the attention of top Facebook executives including VP of Global Affairs and Communications Nick Clegg, VP of Global News Partnerships Campbell Brown, and VP of Global Public Policy Joel Kaplan. The documents also show that Facebook was asked by the office of Congressman Mike Johnson (R-LA), a powerful member of Republican leadership, to reverse the fact-check.

If something is being virally shared and it contradicts common wisdom or validates a fringe belief some group holds – it is not now, nor has it ever been, the truth.