Snopes is considered a go-to for many people when it comes to checking for ‘fake news’, however, is everything they label as ‘fake news’ actually fake news?
Snopes is partnered with companies such a Facebook and work to expose ‘fake news’ or so we thought. This site has proven time and time again that they are simply doing what they deem necessary in order to push a hidden agenda. Who would have guessed?
The Following information is from Food Babe:
“We now have evidence that the website Snopes.com is being manipulated by the industry too. But first, let’s examine what Snopes really is…
A lot of people trust the website Snopes.com and use it to fact-check things they hear on the internet. For no reason whatsoever, this mom-and-pop website has been put on a pedestal as if they are the be-all and end-all of truth on the internet.
Facebook recently teamed up with Snopes, allowing them become an arbitrator of fake news circulating on their network, essentially elevating them as an authoritative source of information. I find this development alarming on many levels:
- While there is some fake news on the internet, this opens up the possibility that op-ed’s and independent journalism will get labeled as “fake news” if Snopes doesn’t agree with an opinion.
- Articles can be deemed “false” if Snopes conducts sloppy fact checking. When it comes to the topic of food, it is imperative that everyone understands that this field is rampant with corrupt paid-off scientists and front groups that are working to protect profits of corporations at the expense of our health. You can not always trust information coming from self-proclaimed independent experts, and sources must be vetted extensively.
- We all have the ability to use critical thinking skills while reading news on Facebook or any other online platform – and should determine for ourselves what is false and what is the truth – instead of relying on the work of websites like Snopes to do that for us.
- Everyone should feel empowered to seek out the truth on their own. Especially when it comes to our health, we need to be our own advocates and investigate the food that we are eating.
- This is treading too close to the line of censorship and can stifle our freedoms to express our ideas.
Is Snopes a credible and authoritative source of information?
- Snopes is now 50% owned by an ad agency (Proper Media) and they make money by generating millions of views on the 3rd-party advertisements on their website. It simply makes sense for them to seek out articles that are viral to “debunk”, so that they can piggy-back on that traffic and generate more advertising revenue.
- Snopes was founded by a husband and wife team who are now in the middle of a contentious divorce in which founder David Mikkelsen has been accused of embezzling $98,000 of company money to spend on “himself and prostitutes”.
- Snopes now has a hired team of suspect fact checkers who collaborate to debunk falsehoods that are trending on the internet.
- These fact checkers reportedly have no editorial oversight and do not follow standard journalistic procedures such as interviewing the authors of articles they are trying to debunk to get all sides of the story.
- Snopes doesn’t have a formal screening process for hiring fact checkers and for evaluating applicants for any potential conflicts of interest. Without such standards, it is very easy for them to be infiltrated by those who work with the industry and who have a hidden agenda.”
The owner of Snopes has denied on several occasions that the company takes any political position, however, that is obviously a lie when you take the time to see just what kind of people work for the company. David Mikkelson’s (owner of Snopes) current wife who works for him ran for U.S. Congress in Hawaii as a Libertarian in 2004. She actually handed out anti-bush condoms and cards with the slogan “don’t get screwed again.”
David Mikkelson told Dailymail that Snopes does not even have a ‘standardized procedure’ for when it comes to fact-checking. He also stated the company has no set requirements for fact-checkers. This should be something especially alarming considering people use their word as if it is fact.
When approached by Forbes concerning the things that Dailymail had posted about Snopes Mikkelson provided responses to some of the questions but not all. He verified everything that Dailymail had gone over and seemed to make it known that the organization was not as biased as it seemed considering all of the politically affiliated workers. While you would assume a website like Snopes would require a detailed written formal evaluation process for new employees it does not. Applicants are only required to fact check one set of articles in order to evaluate their reasoning and research skills.
Big companies like Monsanto, Bayer, Dow, and DuPont are working hard to improve their public image and it is quite obvious that some of them if not all are in cahoots with Snopes. As corrupt as the world is these days there is no doubt in my mind that Snopes could be manipulated by the industry easily. We should not be taking this mom and pop website as the all end truth of the internet.
Articles can be deemed ‘fake’ by Snopes sloppy fact checking, but when it comes to food or anything health related you can not always trust information that comes from independent experts or vetted sources. Fifty percent of Snopes is owned by an ad agency known as Proper Media and they make their money by generating views on the third party advertisements placed on the website. It makes sense that they would label anything that goes viral as fake in order to generate more revenue. Why are we relying on fact checkers with no editorial oversight that do not follow any sort of journalistic procedures to determine what is real and what is not for us? Are we really that incapable of thinking for ourselves?
If you want to hear more about Snopes and why you should not take the things they post seriously please take the time to watch the video below. The answers we get from Snopes cannot always be considered fact. We are smarter than this!
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