Facebook Explains Why It Hasn’t Banned InfoWars From Its Platform

Hannah Bleau

CNN’s Oliver Darcy recently wrote a post about how he went to some sort of event on Facebook’s battle against #FakeNews. He said he asked Facebook why it hasn’t taken down InfoWars and received a non-answer answer.

After a short presentation showcasing Facebook’s efforts to fight misinformation, John Hegeman, the head of Facebook’s News Feed, and Sara Su, a Facebook product specialist for News Feed, took questions from reporters.

When asked by this reporter how the company could claim it was serious about tackling the problem of misinformation online while simultaneously allowing InfoWars to maintain a page with nearly one million followers on its website, Hegeman said that the company does not “take down false news.”

“I guess just for being false that doesn’t violate the community standards,” Hegeman said, explaining that InfoWars has “not violated something that would result in them being taken down.”

Hegeman added, “I think part of the fundamental thing here is that we created Facebook to be a place where different people can have a voice. And different publishers have very different points of view.”

Facebook responded to that tweet.

That’s…interesting. (No word on why they think it’s OK to squash conservative publishers on their platform, but whatever.)

It really sucks that InfoWars is being used as the example here, because Alex Jones is a stain. (PJW– why?!?!?) But yeah, that’s Facebook’s answer, and people are freaking out.

FB is only in hot water now because liberals are mad it’s not getting rid of the “#FakeNews outlets” THEY don’t like. Let’s be real.