Confirming a rumor that had circulated for months, Facebook announced it has made conservative magazine the Weekly Standard its newest partner in its effort to fact-check news on the social media giants platform.
The magazine will be the first conservative organization to partner with Facebook. Other partners include reporters from the Associated Press and ABC News, and journalists from the fact-checking organizations Snopes, PolitiFact and FactCheck.org
The effectiveness of the fact-checking effort has been called into question by the partners since Facebook hasn’t released any meaningful information on the journalist’s success in debunking fake news that has appeared on the platform.
Media Matters was quick to respond, calling the Weekly Standard “serial misinformers” saying that the magazine’s reporting on Benghazi, Obamacare, the Iraq War and tax cuts raise doubts as to whether or not Facebook is taking the challenge of fact-checking seriously.
Brooke Binkowski, managing editor of the liberal fact-checking site Snopes.com told The Guardian that she had some qualms about the partnership as well.
“If you’re going to be politicizing facts, no good can come of that,” she said. “What they are saying is we consider you to be liberal. It doesn’t give us a lot of credit for being trained, being transparent.”