Snopes is a website that has set itself up as the self-declared, fact checker of the internet. However, many Conservatives claim that Snopes is simply another left-leaning site, that often targets Conservative issues.
Ironically, it just got stung by a satirical Christian website called The Babylon Bee that published a story titled: CNN Purchases Industrial-Sized Washing Machine to Spin News Before Publication. Facebook was so excited by Snopes’s indictment that it issued a warning to Babylon Bee:
“A page you admin (The Babylon Bee) recently posted the link (CNN Purchases Industrial-Sized Washing Machine to Spin News Before Publication) that contains info disputed by (Snopes.com), an independent fact checker. Repeat offenders will see their distribution reduced and their ability to monetize and advertised removed.”
Facebook even told other users who were sharing the link that they were distributing “fake” news and referred them to Snopes.
Once Facebook became the laughing-stock of the internet and then probably actually read Babylon Bee’s article (in that order), it withdrew its threats.
Facebook told The Daily Caller:
“There’s a difference between false news and satire. This was a mistake and should not have been rated false in our system. It’s since been corrected and won’t count against the domain in any way.”
So what was The Babylon Bee’s article all about?
Well it wrote an article about how CNN had recently purchased a massive, commercial-grade, washing machine so it could better launder ts news. The implication being that it is so biased to the left it spends time purposefully washing out any conservative views or opinions from its network news.
Here is an excerpt from The Babylon Bee’s article:
ATLANTA, GA—In order to aid the news station in preparing stories for consumption, popular news media organization CNN purchased an industrial-sized washing machine to help its journalists and news anchors spin the news before publication.
The custom-made device allows CNN reporters to load just the facts of a given issue, turn a dial to “spin cycle,” and within five minutes, receive a nearly unrecognizable version of the story that’s been spun to fit with the news station’s agenda.
The story goes on to say that reporters had already started inserting stories into the washing machine to have them cleansed.
Of course this immediately came to the attention of Snopes who declared the story wrong — CNN does not have a large, commercial-grade, washing machine where it actually launders its news. But I think we already knew that.
It is not that The Babylon Bee is hiding its intent. It is very upfront that it is a satirical website. And it doesn’t just pick on CNN, it also writes satirical pieces on Christian issues.
Commenting on the Facebook/Snopes debacle, Breitbart summed it up this way:
When a powerful, mindless, faceless, left-wing bureaucracy wants to chill free speech, this is exactly how they go about it.
The irony is that this took place during YouTube’s cleansing this past week that resulted in hundreds of Conservative/free speech channels having videos pulled, demonetized (stopping advertising on the video), being issued strikes (three strikes would see the channel shut down) and some YouTubers even being locked out, meaning they could not log into their YouTube accounts to post videos.
After this was exposed, YouTube said it was a mistake and seems to be erratically backing away from its purging.
- CNN Purchases Industrial-Sized Washing Machine To Spin News Before Publication: The Babylon Bee
- Nolte: Snopes fact checks, Facebook threatens satire site for mocking CNN: Breitbart
- Facebook Apologizes For Threatening To Censor Christian Satire Site Flagged As Fake News: The Federalist
- Facebook Used Snopes ‘Fact Check’ To Threaten Christian Satire Site By ‘Mistake’: The Daily Caller