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Everyday Erinyes #168

US Politics & Gov't  (tags: Furies, Facebook, Kelly Monroe Kullberg, Blacks, Seniors, Veterans, Teachers, Unions, Women, Students )

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Pat B (356)
Saturday June 1, 2019, 9:40 am
Great post!
Snopes has been my friend for several years now, and right at my fingertips if I have a question.
Nowadays, it’s more frequent checking, then has been in the past too.

Thanks, Joanne (and Furies), for your detailed explanation(s), and why this is so important to fact check these days

Kathleen M (208)
Saturday June 1, 2019, 9:43 am
Revolting scumbags! Thx Joanne.

TomCat S (125)
Saturday June 1, 2019, 9:43 am
Wooo Hooo Snopes! 😻

Colleen L (3)
Saturday June 1, 2019, 11:51 am
Interesting post. I had heard of Snope before, but thought it was a site about gossip.
I appreciate you complete explanation about it. I bookmarked it and it will become a site that I can visit often.
Thanks Joanne

David C (75)
Saturday June 1, 2019, 12:00 pm
thank you

David C (75)
Saturday June 1, 2019, 12:02 pm
It is interesting here on c2 sometimes to see all the pro-trump petitions when there are a majority of not-pro-trump supporters...I think everything online is being used in some way to try and breed GOP support....

Gene J (288)
Saturday June 1, 2019, 12:36 pm
I've been using Snopes since it WAS Urban Legends, mid-90's at least. It has long been a great resource, of course right wingers claim it is a left wing site and their lies are "true lies". But for fact checking just about anything that gets circulated, there is just nothing better. :^)

Sue H (7)
Saturday June 1, 2019, 12:52 pm
May the Furies make sure that Facebook cleans up it's act!

Mitchell D (82)
Saturday June 1, 2019, 3:09 pm
I also appreciate your reporting on the reporting!  
What a damned shame!  It seems that evangelical Christians have no problem stooping to the lowest levels they can in pushing their very Un-Christian hatred. It reminds me of Hitchens' "Religion Poisons everything."

Freya H (345)
Saturday June 1, 2019, 4:16 pm
Yet another reason to avoid Facebook like Chernobyl. A lot of people set up "sock puppet" accounts that they pretend are other individuals who just happen to agree with them. Glad to see Facebook eliminated Kullberg's hateful network. People like him inspire the worst people to do the worst things. Unfortunately, there are plenty more Kullbergs out there spreading their vile poison all over the Internet - and a few of them are, sadly, on Care2.

Animae C (509)
Monday June 3, 2019, 8:38 am
i would rather do my own fact checking, which always takes lots of searching.
Relying on one site to check your facts, prepare to be duped.

"A lot of people trust the website and use it to fact-check things they hear on the internet. For no reason whatsoever, this mom-and-pop website has been put on a pedestal as if they are the be-all and end-all of truth on the internet.

Facebook recently teamed up with Snopes, allowing them become an arbitrator of fake news circulating on their network, essentially elevating them as an authoritative source of information. I find this development alarming on many levels:

While there is some fake news on the internet, this opens up the possibility that op-ed’s and independent journalism will get labeled as “fake news” if Snopes doesn’t agree with an opinion.

Articles can be deemed “false” if Snopes conducts sloppy fact checking. When it comes to the topic of food, it is imperative that everyone understands that this field is rampant with corrupt paid-off scientists and front groups that are working to protect profits of corporations at the expense of our health. You can not always trust information coming from self-proclaimed independent experts, and sources must be vetted extensively.

We all have the ability to use critical thinking skills while reading news on Facebook or any other online platform – and should determine for ourselves what is false and what is the truth – instead of relying on the work of websites like Snopes to do that for us.

Everyone should feel empowered to seek out the truth on their own. Especially when it comes to our health, we need to be our own advocates and investigate the food that we are eating.

This is treading too close to the line of censorship and can stifle our freedoms to express our ideas."

More here & on the net;

Danuta W (1251)
Wednesday June 5, 2019, 3:43 am
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