Facebook hired AFP Canada as a fact checking service to lower reach for some Conservative websites.
Facebook sends notifications to everyone who shared a story that was deemed as false by AFP, a French website with very few English resources except the articles themselves.
AFP fact checks articles that users report as fake, even when they are Conservative opinion articles and Liberals don’t agree with the opinion.
Since the election of Donald Trump, many Americans have been brainwashed and Facebook seems to be part of the problem for allowing fake news ads while banning fake news stories without ads, even though many fact checkers are fake themselves.
Time and time again you see Facebook promoted posts of copy websites leading to a casino affiliate link.
The websites usually have a breaking news click bait type of headline like the image below.
As a Canadian I got click baited into thinking the “bombshell” and the domain used “thebankshours.com” could affect my life in some way, so I clicked on it.
The next screen had a clone copy of CNN like the following image.
The site looks exactly like CNN but uses a strange domain and nothing on the page is clickable, the story is completely fake and gullible users are led to believe the Canadian economy is in trouble unless you click the link below and spin to win, the only clickable link on the whole fake CNN page.
The link leads a Casino affiliate ad, if someone clicks on the link, signs up and deposits money, the owner earns lifetime commission.
Is it time for Facebook to rethink their fake news strategy?
Emmy Skylar started working for Debate Report in 2017. Emmy grew up in a small town in northern Manitoba. But moved to Ontario for university. Before joining Debate Report, Emmy briefly worked as a freelance journalist for CBC News. She covers politics and the economy.