Soros Finances Facebook Fact Checking

The International Fact-Checking Network in charge of determining whether certain Facebook stories are “disputed” or “fake” is financed by liberal billionaire George Soros and other left-wing members.

According to Brietbart, “Facebook yesterday announced it will work with “third-party fact checking organizations” that are signatories to the code of principles. If the “fact checking organizations” determine that a certain story is fake, it will get flagged as disputed and, according to the Facebook announcement, “there will be a link to the corresponding article explaining why. Stories that have been disputed may also appear lower in News Feed.”

The International Fact-Checking Network, (IFCN) is hosted by the Poynter Institute for Media Studies.screen-shot-2016-12-16-at-12-48-11-pm

IFCN/Poynter is funded by liberal billionaire George Soros’ Open Society Foundation, reported Breitbart.

Another big money funder is the Omidyar Network which is also owned by the liberal billionaire and founder of eBay, Pierre Omidyar.

Other IFCN /Poynter organization funders are the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Google, and the National Endowment of Democracy.

A recent IFCN Poynter Institute donor is the Craig Newmark Foundation, the charitable organization established by Craigslist Founder Craig Newmark.

On Monday, before the announcement of the Facebook partnership, Poynter issued a press release revealing how Newmark donated $1 million to the group to fund a faculty chair in journalism ethics.

“The gift will support a five-year program at Poynter that focuses on verification, fact-checking and accountability in journalism. It’s the largest donation Poynter’s ever received from an individual foundation.

The Newmark Chair will expand on Poynter’s teaching in journalism ethics and develop certification programs for journalists that commit to ethical decision-making practices. The faculty member will also organize an annual conference on ethics issues at Poynter and be a regular contributor to Poynter.org”.

Newmark funds dozens of liberal groups financed by Soros.

Poynter has also hosted controversial journalism programs in the past, including one that tried to push the downplaying of  the threat of global Islamic terrorism.

The course, according to FoxNews, suggested:

“Reporters keep the death toll from Islamic terrorism in ‘context’ by comparing that toll to the number of people killed every year by malaria, HIV/AIDS and other factors.”

The course taught reporters that the term “jihad” means internal struggle, and it discussed what it claimed was the issue of “right-wing activists” attempting to link American Muslims to terrorism.

A section includes the “good-journalism tip” that reporters should check to see if experts they’re interviewing “have a bias or a stake in the story you are covering.”

The IFCN Code of 5 principles for news websites to accept are listed below.

1. A COMMITMENT TO NONPARTISANSHIP AND FAIRNESS

We fact-check claims using the same standard for every fact check. We do not concentrate our fact-checking on any one side. We follow the same process for every fact check and let the evidence dictate our conclusions. We do not advocate or take policy positions on the issues we fact-check.

2. A COMMITMENT TO TRANSPARENCY OF SOURCES

We want our readers to be able to verify our findings themselves. We provide all sources in enough detail that readers can replicate our work, except in cases where a source’s personal security could be compromised. In such cases, we provide as much detail as possible.

3. A COMMITMENT TO TRANSPARENCY OF FUNDING & ORGANIZATION

We are transparent about our funding sources. If we accept funding from other organizations, we ensure that funders have no influence over the conclusions we reach in our reports. We detail the professional background of all key figures in our organization and explain our organizational structure and legal status. We clearly indicate a way for readers to communicate with us.

4. A COMMITMENT TO TRANSPARENCY OF METHODOLOGY

We explain the methodology we use to select, research, write, edit, publish and correct our fact checks. We encourage readers to send us claims to fact-check and are transparent on why and how we fact-check.

5. A COMMITMENT TO OPEN AND HONEST CORRECTIONS

We publish our corrections policy and follow it scrupulously. We correct clearly and transparently in line with our corrections policy, seeking so far as possible to ensure that readers see the corrected version.

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