Facebook serves up loopholes and special protection for climate deniers

Facebook serves up loopholes and special protection for climate deniers

Climate change and the serious threats it poses to life everywhere should not be treated as political theatre, where scientific facts do not matter. It is an urgent matter, hastened by the spread of disinformation on social media.

Facebook provides a loophole for climate change deniers by often exempting opinion pieces from its fact-checking program.

Facebook cannot both absolve itself of responsibility by outsourcing its climate disinformation problem to independent fact-checkers, but then also override decisions made by those scientists. Scientists need to have the final say on fact-checking on the platform. Whether it’s placed in an opinion piece or an article, disinformation causes the same public harm. It is Facebook’s responsibility to ensure that it is not an accomplice in efforts to spread climate denialism.

It is Facebook’s responsibility to ensure that it is not an accomplice in efforts to spread climate denialism.

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