Footage of health workers turning backs on Belgian PM is entirely authentic. SKWAWKBOX readers react with anger to censorship
SKWAWKBOX readers have reacted with anger at the marking by Facebook of an entirely authentic video as ‘false information’.
The footage of Belgian health workers turning their backs on the country’s prime minister in protest at her government’s handling of its pandemic response was completely true and accurate – and while the SKWAWKBOX was the first UK outlet to publish it, almost the entire UK ‘mainstream’ media subsequently did the same:
One SKWAWKBOX reader wrote:
I clicked on the ‘see why’ button, but all it gave was the name of some person who had checked it. I was so angry and I just wanted to let you know.
Within minutes of this blatantly false assessment being challenged, it vanished – but it had been in place for an undetermined period before readers drew the SKWAWKBOX’s attention it. According to Facebook’s page on its ‘fact-checking’, a ‘false information’ mark on a post severely restricts its circulation, as well as discouraging those who do see it from reading or viewing.
So why were Facebook’s ‘independent’ UK fact-checking agents marking a genuine video as ‘false information’ in an article that compared Boris Johnson’s appalling performance on the coronavirus crisis with that of a government whose health workers shunned it?
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