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Friday, February 1, 2019

Snopes quits fact-checking partnership with Facebook


Snopes, a fact-checking organization, announced on Friday its decision to end its partnership with Facebook, which has been ramping its efforts to curb misinformation on its services since the 2016 U.S. election.


Facebook and Snopes had been working together since December 2016 to fact check content on the social network. The company in 2017 paid Snopes as much as $100,000 for the work, according to Snopes.


"At this time we are evaluating the ramifications and costs of providing third-party fact-checking services, and we want to determine with certainty that our efforts to aid any particular platform are a net positive for our online community, publication, and staff," Snopes said in a statement.

Snopes said it has not closed the door on working with the company again, but it encouraged Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to meet "with fact-checkers as part of his recently announced series of public discussions" in 2019.


The partnership is ending weeks after a report by The Guardian, in which multiple former Snopes employees criticized Facebook's efforts to stop fake content on its services.


"They've essentially used us for crisis PR," one former employee told The Guardian.


"Misinformation is an ever-evolving problem that we're committed to fighting globally, and the work that third-party fact-checkers do to help review content on Facebook is a valued and important piece of this effort," Facebook said in a blog post in December. At the time, the company said it had 35 fact-checking partners around the world.


Facebook did not respond to a request for comment.


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