Candace Owens Challenges Facebook 'Fact-Checker' and Wins: 'They Lied for Democrats'
Conservative firebrand scores win in legal battle after facts labeled as 'false'
Conservative firebrand Candace Owens is celebrating her first major victory in her legal battle against Facebook's "fact-checkers."
Owens, a political author and commentator, challenged Facebook's left-leaning fact-checking partner PolitiFact over a “false” rating — and won.
Earlier this month, Owens announced that she was suing the "third-party fact-checkers" used by social media platforms.
Owens launched the case because she became tired of being censored on social media by third-party fact-checkers, as well as seeing fellow conservatives being silenced on Twitter and Facebook.
Not only did PolitiFact remove their “false” rating and retract an article that claimed Owens’ video false, but the site offered an added “correction” admitting that she was right and they were wrong.
Owens post was targeted by the "fact-checker" because it correctly stated the fact that Joe Biden has not officially been declared the "president-elect," despite the media labeling him that way.
Owens’ video, which was posted on November 12, offered commentary on the 2020 presidential election, and was captioned, “Joe Biden is literally and legally not the President-elect. So why is the media pretending he is?”
The video was hit with a “false” rating, and, as noted by Owens, theoretically, every single person who shared the post was alerted by Facebook that they had shared “false” content.
Each "false" rating a website or page gets hit with adds up to limit the reach of all other posts, meaning several "false" ratings can drastically reduce the audience that news outlets can reach online - a devastatingly effective way to silence conservative media.
Owens celebrated her first victory in the case against the social media behemoths on Saturday.
“Weeks ago, [Facebook] censored a post of mine which truthfully stated that [Joe Biden] is NOT the President-elect,” Owens said via Twitter.
"So I got lawyers involved,” she continued.
“Conclusion? [PolitiFact] uncensored the post & admitted that they LIED by rating my post false.
"The fact-checkers are lying for Democrats.”
The note from PolitiFact reads as follows:
Correction: PolitiFact originally labeled this video false in our capacity as a third-party fact-checker for Facebook.
On Nov. 20, an appeal to that decision was made on behalf of Ms. Owens.
PolitiFact approved the appeal on Nov. 20, determined that a correction was appropriate, and removed the false rating.
“At 8 Months pregnant, I unfortunately cannot fight on the ground alongside patriots like I am used to, but I am taking every measure to fight these communists in the court room,” Owens said in a follow-up post.
“It is my goal to expose these lying ‘fact-checkers’ one by one. [Joe Biden] is NOT the President-elect.”
At 8 Months pregnant, I unfortunately cannot fight on the ground alongside patriots like I am used to, but I am taking every measure to fight these communists in the court room. It is my goal to expose these lying “fact-checkers” one by one. @JoeBiden is NOT the President-elect. pic.twitter.com/hW4NLpK4tc— Candace Owens (@RealCandaceO) November 28, 2020
The Blaze reported that Owens retained a pair of lawyers to represent her in the lawsuit, including attorney Todd McMurtry, who was part of the legal team representing former Covington Catholic High School student Nick Sandmann.
Owens is reportedly suing fact-checkers from USA Today and Lead Stories, according to the Daily Wire.
"It is time to fact-check the fact-checkers," Owens said.
"I'm going to put these suckers through discovery and figure out what the relationship is that they have with Facebook."
Guess what?! I am OFFICIALLY suing the “Fact-Checkers” who are really just activists. https://t.co/nvLBLZaQEH https://t.co/UGbJzMrMk0— Candace Owens (@RealCandaceO) November 6, 2020
Owens launched a website titled "Fact-Check Zuck," which says, "Our freedoms are being stripped away.
"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," the site says.
"I wanted to show that these fact-checkers just lie, and they usually go unchecked because most people don't have the money, don't have the time, and don't have the platform to go after them — and I have all three," Owens said.
Owens argued that Joe Biden is not technically the president-elect as of yet, he was only named as the president-elect by media outlets, which is not authorized to name the president-elect.
Biden is projected to be the winner of the 2020 presidential election, but the president-elect will not officially be named until the Electoral College cast its votes on Dec. 14, once all states have officially certified their results.
President Donald Trump is currently challenging the results of the election and has filed several lawsuits in critical swing states.