Snopes pulls out of fact-checking partnership with Facebook

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Snopes, the popular myth-busting website, said Friday it was ending its fact-checking partnership with Facebook as part of a “difficult, but necessary change.”

A Snopes statement said it was “evaluating the ramifications and costs of providing third-party  services,” and wants the efforts to be “a net positive for our online community, publication, and staff.”

The statement did not elaborate but Snopes vice president Vinny Green told the media education group Poynter the partnership was excessively labor intensive, requiring manual updates to fact checks by its staff of 16.

“With a manual system and a closed system, it’s impossible to keep on top of that stuff,” Green told Poynter.

Green posted Snopes’ statement on Twitter later commenting: “A difficult, but necessary change for Snopes in 2019.”

Snopes said it agreed to partner with Facebook “without financial benefit to ourselves,” but added that it faces increasing financial difficulties.

“Just as we believe credible and reliable content creators deserve to be paid for their work, we believe that fact-checkers should be compensated commensurately for the valuable services they provide to platforms,” the statement said.

Snopes partnered with Facebook in 2016 on fact-checking and has been one of many global organizations that have agreements with the social network to help it fight misinformation.

Facebook said in a statement: “We value the work that Snopes has done, and respect their decision as an independent business.”


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