Candace Owens Suing Facebook Fact-Checkers: 'They're Activists for the Left'
'It is time to fact-check the fact-checkers'
Conservative firebrand and author Candace Owens announced she is moving to sue Facebook fact-checkers as she connects with big-name lawyers.
In a video posted to Twitter, Owens said:
“It is time to fact-check the fact-checkers."
“I’m going to put these suckers through discovery and figure out what the relationship is that they have with Facebook.”
Owens gave one example of recent censorship when one of her “opinions” relating to the coronavirus was “fact-checked” by the platform’s third-party arbiters after a doctor shared it.
“Quite literally, a doctor gave his opinion about COVID-19, which I shared, and Facebook issued a strike on my account because they said only information that they agree with about COVID-19 … was acceptable,” she said.
The fact-checking flag on her account led her to be completely demonetized by Facebook.
“I decided I was not going to give up and sit down,” Owens continued.
“The fact-checkers … they are activists for the Left that shut down your speech if they don’t like it.”
The conservative artist also launched her own legal website to raise funds for the battle against big tech censorship.
“Our freedoms are being stripped away,” the site reads.
“The overlords of Big Tech are determining what Americans can and cannot say, share, like, and post."
"Support our legal efforts today as we fight back against Facebook’s fact-checkers, confronting those who are suppressing free speech, thought, and expression across our great country.”
Facebook launched its third-party fact-checking programs to remove so-called “disinformation,” which mainly targeted conservative websites.
“The fact-checkers apply ratings to content that range from ‘false,’ ‘altered’ and ‘missing context,'” Fox explains.
“When such ratings are applied, Facebook may either reduce its distribution or add labels to notify users about additional reporting elsewhere.”
The news came the same day as Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey took a lashing by Senator Ted Cruz as he testified before the Senate on Tuesday.
Cruz questioned Dorsey about voter fraud, read two statements, and asked if they would likely be flagged.
When Dorsey admitted both statements read by Cruz would be flagged, Cruz revealed that the Democrat-run Carter-Baker Commission issued both statements on election reform.
Later an exchange between Senator Blumenthal and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Blumenthal demanded Facebook ban Steve Bannon from the platform.
“How many times is Steve Bannon allowed to call for the murder of government officials before Facebook suspends his account?” Blumenthal asked.
“That’s not what our policies would suggest that we should do,” replied Zuckerburg.