Meta explains the mechanism of the ‘fact-checking’ tags on Facebook and qualifies them as “protected opinion”

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Meta, which owns Facebook, pointed out in a legal document that the labels that the social network puts on posts that have not passed a verification are not statements of fact.

The company’s lawyers resorted to this measure in response to the accusation of the American presenter John Stossel, who in September initiated a process against the technology giant for marking two of its videos with warnings after being reviewed by the Science Feedback group, which cooperates with the social network as a third party verifier. In the indictment, Stossen maintained that the actions of the social network constitute defamation.

However, on November 29 the defense of Meta Indian that “Stossel’s statements focus on fact-checking articles written by Climate Feedback, not on the tags placed through the Facebook platform.” Regarding the warnings of the social network, Meta said: “The labels themselves are not false or defamatory; on the contrary, they constitute a protected opinion” which, as such, are protected by the first amendment to the US Constitution.

This is not the first time that Facebook’s policies on content created by its users have generated controversy and court cases. In July, former US President Donald Trump filed a lawsuit against the platform and its CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, accusing them of censorship after blocking their accounts and those of other conservatives.

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