Snopes Rated a Satire Story Criticizing CNN False
Image Credits: Babylon Bee .
Leftist website Snopes, which officially fact-checks for Google and Facebook, rated a satirical article as “false” Thursday.
Christian satire site The Babylon Bee published a story with the headline, “CNN Purchases Industrial-sized Washing Machine to Spin News Before Publication.”
“Spin for five minutes on high, and we’ll have ourselves a news story,” reads a fabricated quote from The Bee.
Despite a disclaimer at the bottom of The Bee ‘s site stating, “The Babylon Bee is Your Trusted Source For Christian News Satire,” the fake story was flagged by Facebook censors, after which Snopes undertook an operation to determine the validity of the site’s “claims.”
Snopes set to work disproving that “CNN invested in an industrial-sized washing machine to help their journalists and news anchors spin the news before publication.”
“Although it should have been obvious that the Babylon Bee piece was just a spoof of the ongoing political brouhaha over alleged news media ‘bias’ and ‘fake news,’ some readers missed that aspect of the article and interpreted it literally,” the fact-checkers concluded.
Snopes’ determination caused Facebook to threaten to demonitize The Bee ’s page and throttle their reach, which would cause its articles to be distributed to a smaller audience.
Bee editor Adam Ford told PJ Media Snopes has “fact-checked” other satirical articles in the past, “But this is the first time Facebook has used that to threaten us with reduced reach and demonetization.”
“Also it seems that anyone who clicked on the article got a notice that it was ‘disputed.'”
So I clicked on the headline and Facebook gave me this. 😂😂😂😂 pic.twitter.com/793CqTRwdB
— Roger for Christ (@MrB_Loves_Jesus) March 2, 2018