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Facebook Coronavirus ‘Fact Checker’ Worked with Wuhan Virus Lab

Facebook Coronavirus ‘Fact Checker’ Worked with Wuhan Virus Lab

Postby smix » Sun Apr 19, 2020 5:31 pm

Facebook Coronavirus ‘Fact Checker’ Worked with Wuhan Virus Lab
Breitbart News

URL: https://www.breitbart.com/tech/2020/04/ ... virus-lab/
Category: Politics
Published: April 15, 2020

Description: Facebook is relying on a “fact checker” that uses “expert opinion” from a researcher who conducted projects with the Wuhan Institute of Virology, the biolab next to the wet market in Wuhan where the Chinese virus originated. An article from the “expert,” Danielle E. Anderson, an assistant professor at Duke-NUS medical school, was used by Facebook to fact-check a video from the Epoch Times suggesting the Institute, which is located at the original epicenter of the now-global pandemic, as one of the possible origin points.
You cannot make it up. The "fact checker" Facebook is using to censor a documentary discussing possibility that corinavirus came from Wuhan lab… is scientist who worked at Wuhan lab with Chinese communists. Honestly, folks.

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— Sharyl Attkisson (@SharylAttkisson) April 15, 2020

This is not a fringe claim — CNN reports that the U.S. intelligence community is currently investigating the same laboratory as the possible source of the outbreak. The same thread of investigation that got ZeroHedge banned from Twitter in late January is now being looked at by the U.S. government and reported on by the mainstream media. Mark Milley, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said that the intelligence community is taking a “hard look” at the question of whether the Chinese virus originated in a lab. Nevertheless, for suggesting the same theory, Facebook has relied on a “fact checker” who has a conflict of interest — someone who has conducted collaborative projects with the Wuhan Institute of Virology, and whose reputation would be harmed by her connection to it if the virus were found to have originated there.

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In Anderson’s “fact check” of the claim, she writes: “I will disclose that I am a scientist trained to work in high containment and have collaborative projects with the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV). I have worked in this exact laboratory at various times for the past 2 years. I can personally attest to the strict control and containment measures implemented while working there. The staff at WIV are incredibly competent, hardworking, and are excellent scientists with superb track records.” You can watch the documentary that Facebook is “fact checking” with Wuhan-linked researchers for free on YouTube:

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How Facebook is carrying water for the Chinese government and suppressing any examination of whether COVID-19 actually escaped

Postby smix » Sun Apr 19, 2020 5:56 pm

How Facebook is carrying water for the Chinese government and suppressing any examination of whether COVID-19 actually escaped from a Wuhan laboratory
The Blaze

URL: https://www.theblaze.com/op-ed/facebook ... laboratory
Category: Politics
Published: April 16, 2020

Description: Chilling the spread of factual information
On Monday, a Facebook "fact-checker" who was hired by the media rated a video that was shared on Glenn Beck's facebook page as "false," and penalized his page. Although the rating was eventually removed, here's why the story still matters. No entity in the history of the world — whether government or private entity — has ever been as influential in controlling the spread of information as Facebook currently is. Facebook currently boasts about 2.5 billion users, meaning that over 25% of the world's total population is on Facebook. With more and more people turning off their televisions, more people than ever before have their news filtered through a single source: What shows up in their Facebook feed. In response to widespread criticism from liberals about their alleged failure to stop Russian disinformation during the 2016 presidential election, Facebook decided to hire allegedly unbiased fact-checkers to rate certain articles as "true" or "false" for the purpose of flagging them for people who read them. These fact-checkers tend overwhelmingly to be legacy media "journalists" — the same people who have so covered themselves in glory that they are now among the least trusted institutions in the world. Facebook's current system is fatally flawed in a number of ways, but the two most important are these: First, if one of their so-called fact-checkers is wrong, Facebook does not accept appeals from the fact-checker's decision. The second major error in the process is that once one of these so-called fact-checkers dings an article that's been shared on your page, your entire page gets penalized for weeks — which has tremendous negative financial and business consequences for any company that distributes news. It is a remarkably effective stick, and it is often wielded unfairly. And so we come to the ongoing search for the origins of the coronavirus. On Monday, this video was shared on Glenn Beck's Facebook page. I want to encourage you all to watch the whole thing and listen carefully. In the first place, everything Glenn says in it is a fact, and he has the receipts. Second, listen to whether Glenn states or implies that the coronavirus was engineered in a virology lab in Wuhan.



In case you don't have the time to watch the video, I will quote directly from the introduction to the video. In it, Glenn explicitly says, "Experts have already said that this virus was not engineered. But I didn't say it was. What if the coronavirus was collected from a bat and then taken to this lab for study? Is there any evidence at all that researchers from Wuhan have been collecting bats — specifically the horseshoe bat — because it might be worth looking into?" Get it? The video explicitly states (and goes on at some length to examine) the possibility — which is rapidly becoming a probability — that Chinese scientists collected the virus from bats in nature and studied it in this lab, whereupon it infected one of their workers due to shoddy controls and thus spread to the general public and the world. You can probably guess what happened next. Facebook rated the post where we shared Glenn's video as false based on this asinine fact-check from USA Today reporter Molly Stellino. According to her own online resume, Stellino has absolutely no education or experience in virology, immunology, or any other scientific field that would allow her to claim any expertise over any other person who is trying to research the origins of the coronavirus. Moreover, her fact-check does not refer to Glenn's video at all, or quote from it, or explain what about it is allegedly wrong or false. It instead cites other people (including Rush Limbaugh) who have supposedly claimed or implied that the virus was engineered by the Chinese government as a biological weapon. However, Glenn's video — which made no such claim — has also been dinged by this fact-check and rated "false," which has negatively impacted our Facebook reach and thus our ability to get news out to people who want to get news from Glenn and the rest of the crew at BlazeTV. As an aside, even if Glenn had made such a claim or an implication, neither Stellino nor anyone else would be in any position at this point to call such a claim false. Her fact-check claims that there is "overwhelming scientific evidence" that the virus originated in nature. This is a questionable claim in and of itself, but even if it were true beyond the shadow of a doubt, it does not rule out the rather obvious possibility that Chinese scientists found the virus in nature and were studying it with an eye toward the possibility of one day weaponizing it. Neither Stellino nor anyone else knows what was going on in that lab or what, specifically, they were attempting to do with COVID-19 as they studied it. It is even more obvious that there is absolutely no basis to rate as false the claim that the virus was found in nature and brought back to the lab in question to be studied for research purposes, which is not only what Glenn claimed, but what the United States government is increasingly certain actually happened. In any event, the effect of Facebook's so-called "fact-check" is evident, and it is to shut down the sharing of articles questioning the official Chinese narrative that the coronavirus originated from a wet market in Wuhan — a wet market that we now know did not sell bats. In fact, when news broke Wednesday in the noted right-wing conspiracy newspaper the Washington Post that State Department cables from 2018 warned about security and lax procedures at the very laboratory in question, it sparked internal discussion about whether our coverage of the cable could even be shared on Facebook because it might cause our page to get penalized and thus reduce the reach of the rest of our articles. For days, we had to decide if reporting on the increasing trail of facts tracing this virus back to the Wuhan lab was worth being penalized by Facebook for reporting the truth. By all admission, as of the date of this article (and the date of Glenn's video, in particular), the facts concerning the origin of COVID-19 are completely unknown. Literally everyone — including the people cited by the USA Today fact-check — admits that there are no conclusive facts, only theories. So, in the absence of facts, how can there be a "fact-check"? The simple, honest answer is that there can't, there can only be competing theories (and it looks, right now, that the "escaped from a virology lab" theory is kicking the "bat soup from a wet market" theory square in the buttocks in the "weight of the evidence" category). But in the American media, there are no shortage of people who will carry water for any entity, no matter how loathsome, as long as the only people questioning them are the icky conservatives. And now, Facebook has contracted with a huge chunk of those people. Which is how they find themselves carrying water for the mighty Chinese propaganda machine.
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Facebook’s ‘fact checkers’ are the real fake news after censoring Post story

Postby smix » Sun Apr 19, 2020 6:41 pm

Facebook’s ‘fact checkers’ are the real fake news after censoring Post story
New York Post

URL: https://nypost.com/2020/04/17/facebook- ... ost-story/
Category: Politics
Published: April 17, 2020

Description: Way back on Feb. 23, The Post ran an opinion piece by Steven Mosher saying that we couldn’t trust China’s story about the origins of COVID-19. He argued that the virus might — might — have jumped to the human population thanks to errors at a Chinese laboratory in Wuhan, rather than via that city’s now-notorious “wet market.” The piece was widely read online — until Facebook stepped in. The social media giant’s “fact checkers” decided this was not a valid opinion. If you tried to share Mosher’s column on Face­book, the social network stuck a “False Information” alert on top, saying that finding was “checked by independent fact-checkers” and preventing your friends from clicking to connect to the original article to see for themselves. Again, this was an opinion column, not a news report. Mosher cited a host of suggestive facts, including urgent government directives, the sudden trip of China’s top biowar expert to Wuhan and that nation’s shoddy record of lab safety — as well as gaping holes in the wet-market explanation, such as the fact that the market in question doesn’t sell bats, the animal from which the bug supposedly jumped. How, exactly, did Facebook determine that Mosher’s reasoned arguments constituted “False information”? Well, in fact, it didn’t so determine: Rather, it was an “independent fact-checker.” And who did this fact checker rely on for their opinion? As reporter Sharyl Attkisson notes, one expert consulted had a clear conflict of interest: She has regularly worked with Wuhan’s researchers, and even done her own experiments there. Danielle E. Anderson, assistant professor, Duke-NUS Medical School in Singapore, personally attested to the lab’s “strict control and containment measures.” Anderson did admit, however, that Mosher was correct when he mentioned that SARS did twice escape a Beijing research lab in 2004. The other expert who weighed in noted in her objection: “Any responsible government would strengthen safety and security procedures in high-containment labs that will and should be working with the novel coronavirus to develop countermeasures and diagnostics.” Well, yes, any responsible government would. Because these medical researchers took offense that someone would question the Wuhan lab’s protocols, Facebook decided you weren’t allowed to speculate online.

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Nearly two months later, of course, Mosher isn’t alone in his opinion. This week brought hard news in the form of State Department cables from January 2018 showing that the US government had longstanding, grave concerns about safety protocols at the Wuhan lab — China’s only Level 4 biohazard laboratory. And multiple outlets, including Fox News and The Washington Post, report that top US national-security officials are increasingly of the belief that the bug came from that lab. The New York Post has asked for weeks to get Facebook to un-block the Mosher article. On Friday, the social network finally did so, though without acknowledging that it had been wrong all along. As a significant source of news for much of the world’s population, Facebook has a clear responsibility to do better: If it’s going to block “false” information, it needs better fact-checkers — and more people watching over those watchmen. When your defense against “fake news” all but kills free discussion, your system is worse than no defense at all.
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Facebook 'fact checker' worked at Wuhan lab!

Postby smix » Sun Apr 19, 2020 8:12 pm

Facebook 'fact checker' worked at Wuhan lab!
WND

URL: https://www.wnd.com/2020/04/facebook-fa ... wuhan-lab/
Category: Politics
Published: April 17, 2020

Description: 'Debunked' articles suggesting coronavirus originated there
A contributor to a Facebook fact-checking organization that censored articles suggesting the coronavirus pandemic originated at the Wuhan Institute of Virology collaborated with a scientist at the Chinese lab. Danielle Anderson of Duke University's NUS Medical School lab in Singapore published nine times with Dr. Peng Zhou, who is known for his research on bats, ZeroHedge reported. Anderson contributes to Science Feedback, which Facebook has been using to put "False Information" labels on articles about the virus. WND reported Thursday Facebook is using the World Health Organization as its authoritative source in an effort to censor discussion on its platform regarding the virus. Facebook, in an annoucement, said its new policy will seek to eliminate "harmful misinformation" regarding the outbreak from the platform. Investigative reporter Sharyl Attkisson pointed out Anderson's relationship with the Wuhan lab in a Twitter message. She noted Anderson has said it's impossible that the virus would have leaked from the lab because it adheres to the highest standards of safety. "I have worked in this exact laboratory at various times for the past 2 years. I can personally attest to the strict control and containment measures implemented while working there," Anderson wrote in a "debunking" of a New York Post article. Anderson co-wrote an article in the medical journal The Lancet promoting the theory that the virus originated in a Chinese wet market. However, the U.S. and British intelligence communities are investigating the possibility the virus accidentally leaked from the Wuhan lab. Further, the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, after visiting the the Wuhan Institute of Virology in 2018, issued two official reports to the State Department warning of inadequate safety, the Washington Post reported. China's top expert on bat-borne viruses, Shi Zhengli, told the Scientific American in March she wondered in late December if the coronavirus could have come from her Wuhan lab. But she now vehemently denies that it did.
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Facebook 'Fact Checker' Worked At Wuhan Biolab; Ruled Out Virus-Leak While 'Debunking' Articles

Postby smix » Sun Apr 19, 2020 8:37 pm

Facebook 'Fact Checker' Worked At Wuhan Biolab; Ruled Out Virus-Leak While 'Debunking' Articles
ZeroHedge

URL: https://www.zerohedge.com/health/confli ... leak-while
Category: Politics
Published: April 17. 2020

Description: A Facebook fact checker who has 'debunked' articles suggesting that COVID-19 may have leaked from the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV) has a giant conflict of interest; she worked at the institute - which is now suspected of accidentally leaking the hyper-virulent virus which has killed over 130,000 people and cast the global economy into chaos.

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Danielle Anderson, who works at Duke University's NUS Medical School lab in Singapore, also contributes to Science Feedback - which Facebook has been using to slap "False Information" labels on articles claiming that COVID-19 may have originated at the Wuhan institute - where Anderson worked with bat coronavirus. A quick search of Anderson's publications reveals no fewer than nine collaborations with Dr. Peng Zhou - a Wuhan scientist experimenting on bat coronavirus (the mention of whom may result in a Twitter ban).
If you follow the info, you will find the Facebook fake fact-checker on the China Wuhan lab is a scientist who works/worked at China's Wuhan lab the past two years and says it is impossible that they would be sloppy because they are very careful! @Facebook
— Sharyl Attkisson (@SharylAttkisson) April 16, 2020

Anderson has been adamant that the lab adheres to the highest standards of safety, and that COVID-19 simply couldn't have accidentally been leaked by her colleagues. "I have worked in this exact laboratory at various times for the past 2 years. I can personally attest to the strict control and containment measures implemented while working there," Anderson writes in one such 'debunking' of a New York Post article that claims "China [is having] a problem keeping dangerous pathogens in test tubes where they belong" while Science Feedback cast doubt on the Post's claim that "evidence points to SARS-CoV-2 research being carried out at the Wuhan Institute of Virology." Except, they were carrying out SARS-CoV-2 research at that exact lab, according to new reports in the Wall Street Journal, the Daily Mail and Fox News. An April 9 report in the Journal reveals that COVID-19 is genetically identical to a coronavirus found in a horseshoe bat "collected by hazmat-clad scientists from the Institute of Virology in Wuhan." While a Wednesday report from Fox News reveals that COVID-19 leaked from the Wuhan Institute of Virology, and that "patient zero" was an employee who became infected before spreading it throughout the community, according to 'multiple sources who have been briefed on the details.' And while Anderson was busy covering for her corona-labmates with Facebook debunkings implicating the WIV, she went on national television to explain that the virus could have only come from outside the lab. Anderson further peddled the now-debunked wet-market theory in a paper she co-wrote in The Lancet, which reads: "While recognising the tremendous effort by the China CDC team in the early response to the 2019-nCoV outbreak, the small number of team members trained in animal health was probably one of the reasons for the delay in identifying an intermediate animal(s), which is likely to have caused the spread of the virus in a region of the market where wildlife animals were traded and subsequently found to be heavily contaminated. Unfortunately, what animal(s) was involved in transmission remains unknown." Any suggestion to the contrary is now deemed 'False Information' by Facebook, thanks to the highly conflicted Danielle Anderson and crew over at Science Feedback.
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Facebook removes anti-quarantine protest events in some U.S. states

Postby smix » Fri May 15, 2020 2:30 am

Facebook removes anti-quarantine protest events in some U.S. states
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URL: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-heal ... SKBN2222QK
Category: Politics
Published: April 20, 2020

Description: (Reuters) - Facebook Inc said on Monday that it has removed events in Nebraska, New Jersey and California promoting protests against stay-at-home measures amid the COVID-19 pandemic caused by the new coronavirus.

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But the social media company, which has been under pressure to police harmful content and misinformation related to the pandemic, said it would only take down anti-quarantine protest events if they defied government guidelines. Stay-at-home orders, which experts say are essential to slow the spread of the virus but which have battered the U.S. economy, have been enacted at the state level. Facebook said it would align with those directives, and also remove events that defy social distancing guidelines. Facebook is seeking guidance to clarify the scope of state orders in New York, Wisconsin, Ohio and Pennsylvania. “Unless government prohibits the event during this time, we allow it to be organized on Facebook,” said Facebook spokesman Andy Stone. “For this same reason, events that defy government’s guidance on social distancing aren’t allowed on Facebook.” Facebook did not identify the events removed. While the majority of Americans agree with the restrictions, according to a Pew Research Center survey in April where 66% of respondents said they were more concerned that restrictions would be lifted too quickly rather than not quickly enough, protests have flared up across several states. On Sunday, an estimated 2,500 people rallied at the Washington state capital of Olympia to protest the governor’s stay-at-home order and hundreds gathered at Colorado’s state capitol. White House guidelines to reopen the economy recommend that a state record 14 days of declining case numbers before gradually lifting restrictions. But protests have taken on a partisan tone and on Friday, Republican President Donald Trump appeared to encourage protesters in tweets calling to “LIBERATE” Michigan, Minnesota and Virginia, all states run by Democratic governors. Twitter Inc ruled that Trump’s tweets did not violate its coronavirus guidelines, saying that Trump’s words did not clearly suggest harmful physical intent. Asked about the use of Facebook to organize protests to defy social distancing orders, CEO Mark Zuckerberg told ABC News on Monday that content suggesting social distancing would not be effective in stopping the virus’s spread would be removed as it would “classify as harmful misinformation.” Facebook said its policy relates to events and promotions of those events on the site. Some large Facebook groups where anti-quarantine activists have organized have been allowed to operate and have gained traction on the site. Anti-quarantine Facebook groups targeting Minnesota, Wisconsin, Ohio, Pennsylvania and New York, which were created by three activist brothers who run gun rights groups in several states, had about 220,000 combined members on Monday after their creation last week. “This is very much a Second Amendment issue as much as it an anti-quarantine issue,” said 28-year-old Ben Dorr, one of the brothers, in a phone interview with Reuters from Northfield, Minnesota. None of the brothers’ network of groups were removed. “They just want their rights restored, they want their freedom back, they want the tyranny in some of these states to end,” he added. The “Pennsylvanians Against Excessive Quarantine” group promoted Monday’s drive-in protest at the state’s capitol in Harrisburg and streamed a live video of people gathered on the streets at the rally.
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Exclusive: Facebook freezes Venezuela president Maduro's page over COVID-19 misinformation

Postby smix » Sat Mar 27, 2021 6:09 pm

Exclusive: Facebook freezes Venezuela president Maduro's page over COVID-19 misinformation
Reuters

URL: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-face ... SKBN2BJ03Z
Category: Politics
Published: March 27, 2021

Description: CARACAS (Reuters) - Facebook has frozen Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro’s page for violating policies against spreading misinformation about COVID-19 by promoting a remedy he claims, without evidence, can cure the disease, a company spokesman said on Saturday.

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Maduro in January described Carvativir, an oral solution derived from thyme, as a “miracle” medication that neutralizes the coronavirus with no side effects, a claim doctors say is not backed by science. Facebook has taken down a video in which Maduro promotes the medication because it violates a policy against false claims “that something can guarantee prevention from getting COVID-19 or can guarantee recovery from COVID-19.” “We follow guidance from the WHO (World Health Organization) that says there is currently no medication to cure the virus,” the spokesman told Reuters. “Due to repeated violations of our rules, we are also freezing the page for 30 days, during which it will be read-only.” Maduro in the video says Carvativir, which he calls “miracle drops” of 19th century Venezuelan doctor Jose Gregorio Hernandez who has been beatified by the Roman Catholic Church, can be used preventively and therapeutically against the coronavirus. The administrators of the page were notified of the policy violation, the Facebook spokesman said. Maduro’s account on photo-sharing social media platform Instagram, which is owned by Facebook, will not be affected. Venezuela’s Information Ministry did not immediately reply to a request for comment. Maduro in February said Facebook “censored” videos in which he showed Carvativir. He has in the past said he and his allies have been treated unfairly by social media companies, including what he calls arbitrary suspension of accounts. Maduro frequently uses social media including both Facebook and Twitter, and has at times broadcast speeches over Facebook Live. Venezuela’s official figures as of Friday showed 154,905 cases of coronavirus and 1,543 deaths, though opposition critics say the actual figure is likely higher due to limited testing.
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