Candace Owens: Facebook Is Paying Fact-Checkers Funded By Chinese Communist Party
Conservative firebrand goes after fact checkers
Following the recent permanent ban of President Donald Trump's Twitter account as big tech goes all out to silence conservative voices, activist Candace Owens is continuing to fight back against censorship with her lawsuit against Facebook's biggest fact-checker - Lead Stories.
As conservative social media users look for news apps to safely engage in free speech, which won't be for long since Google, Apple and Amazon have now booted Parler, the future looks bleak for speaking freely.
Owens announced in November she was launching a lawsuit against Facebook's fact-checkers.
Last year, Owens challenged Facebook's left-leaning fact-checking partner PolitiFact over a “false” rating — and won.
She alleged the fact-checkers are "activists for the left that shut down your speech if they don't like it."
Facebook's third-party fact-checkers were forced to issue a correction and retract a "false" rating it labeled one of Candace's posts about Joe Biden.
Owens gave an update on her battle with Big Tech censorship on Saturday.
The conservative firebrand has now announced a new target that she has set her sights on.
"Well, I'm suing a site called 'Lead Stories," Owens said in the video.
Everyone please take the time to watch this video and to SHARE it. It has important information regarding these “fact-checkers” who have culminated enough power so as to CENSOR and SILENCE a sitting President of the United States.— Candace Owens (@RealCandaceO) January 9, 2021
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"Lead Stories is run by a former CNN employee of 26 years, who makes a living cannibalizing and slandering conservative content and creators."
"His website has published disputed fake news stories, including one that went after my content personally, so I'm going after him...personally," Candace said.
"Who funds Lead Stories? According to their own masthead, Lead Stories is funded by Facebook and Google, along with ByteDance," Owens explained.
"And what is ByteDance?
"It's a Beijing-based company that owns the TikTok spyware app.
"Our own Justice Department says the company is a 'national security threat and compromised by the Communist Party of China.'"
"Facebook then is paying for fact-checkers funded by an arm of the Communist Party of China to censor my content, here, in America."
"The Communist Party of China had more say over my content than the First Amendment," she added.
"This is insanity. It's un-American. It's dangerous. And it needs to stop."
"This is why I am fighting."
Owens launched a website titled "Fact-Check Zuck," which states:
"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.
ByteDance CEO Zhang Yiming has made public statements showing he is "committed to promoting" the Chinese Communist Party's agenda, NPR reported.
ByteDance was also recognized as a security risk by The White House because of CCP ties:
TikTok, a video-sharing mobile application owned by the Chinese company ByteDance Ltd., has reportedly been downloaded over 175 million times in the United States and over one billion times globally.
TikTok automatically captures vast swaths of information from its users, including Internet and other network activity information such as location data and browsing and search histories.
This data collection threatens to allow the Chinese Communist Party access to Americans' personal and proprietary information — potentially allowing China to track the locations of Federal employees and contractors, build dossiers of personal information for blackmail, and conduct corporate espionage.