By: Amy Jo Underwood
Commentator and activist Candace Owens took legal action against social media fact-checkers, after multiple posts were incorrectly flagged as “false.” The social media posts were then uncensored, and the fact-checkers issued statements that they had wrongfully labeled her content as incorrect. Owens and other conservatives have consistently faced censorship from big tech throughout this year, particularly in regards to the presidential election and facts surrounding Covid-19.
Candace Owens, conservative commentator and political activist, has been the target of repeated censorship. According to the Washington Times, Facebook censored two posts discussing Covid-19. Owens’ attorney stated that the articles were her opinion and commentary, therefore should not be subject to censorship by the third-party fact-checkers. The attorney stated that her post was “opinion and was not interpreted by reasonable readers to convey actual statements of fact.” The Washington Times reports that the posts were hidden, accompanied by warning labels that stated that “independent fact-checkers have found them to be false,” and referred readers to other articles that contained alternate information.
After social media repeatedly referred to Democrat candidate Joe Biden as “president-elect,” despite the fact that the electoral college had not yet met, Candace Owens stated that she intended to take legal action against Facebook and the third-party fact-checkers. After she took legal action, PolitiFact, one of the major fact-checkers, rescinded their censorship and issued a correction, stating that they were incorrect in flagging Owens’ material as false.
"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.” - Candace Owens
“‘Correction: PolitiFact originally labeled this video false in our capacity as a third-party fact-checker for Facebook,’ PolitiFact wrote on Facebook on Nov. 25. ‘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.’” - The Blaze
Amy Jo Underwood writes from Alabama