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Facebook ‘fact-checker’ wrongly labels Lifesite report ‘false’

Discussion in 'One Bread, One Body - Catholic' started by Michie, Feb 22, 2020.

  1. Michie

    Michie Human rights begin in the womb. Supporter

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  2. zippy2006

    zippy2006 Dragonsworn

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    LifeSite is clearly in the wrong. This explanation is actually humorous:

    Lead Stories appears to be attempting to justify labeling our story as false on the grounds that our headline explaining that Switzerland “will now help prisoners kill themselves” implies that this is currently happening, rather than being something that will happen in the future.

    But the word “will” is a verb expressing the future tense, even when immediately followed by the word “now.”

    If LifeSite had wished to state that this was currently happening, the headline would read: “Switzerland bans death penalty but is now helping prisoners kill themselves” — just as Lead Stories has used the word “is” when telling us, “The Swiss government is not now helping prisoners kill themselves.”

    Facebook ‘fact-checker’ wrongly labels LifeSite report ‘false’
    ...^_^ That's like saying that (1) is expressing the idea that same-sex marriage will be legalized at some point in the future and (2) is expressing the idea that it is legal now:
    1. "The U.S. government will now marry persons of the same sex."
    2. "The U.S. government is now marrying persons of the same sex."
    Beyond that, no legislative work has even been done regarding the issue. What exactly is going to happen in the future isn't clear. It's not like a law has been drawn up that goes into effect in 3 weeks.

    LifeSite receives a "mixed" rating from MBFC, and has published significantly misleading stories in the past. LifeSite is certainly biased.
    Last edited: Feb 22, 2020