EXPOSED: Facebook Independent Fact Checker Site Funded by $1.9B Vaccine Lobby

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3D render of keys on a computer keyboard with one red key labled for fact checking.

Chances are if you’ve shared anything to do with COVID-19 on Facebook, your post has been flagged with a “False Information” tag by the Facebook “fact-checkers,” the same “fact checkers” funded by a prominent vaccine lobby group.

Facebook fact-checking site, FactCheck.org, is funded by a $1.9B vaccine lobby group and is headed by a former CDC director, a clear conflict of interest that could explain the “fact” check bias.

U.S Congressman, Thomas Massie, took to Twitter to point out that the COVID-19 “fact” checking project, conducted by Facebook-partnered website is funded by a group that holds $1.9B in Johnson & Johnson stock.

Massie attached a screenshot from the FactCheck.org website confirming that the Robert Woods Johnson Foundation is a major sponsor of SciCheck COVID-19/Vaccination Project, with a donation of $53,501.

The following screenshot shows the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s stock in Johnson & Johnson.

SciCheck is a section of the website that “focuses exclusively on false and misleading scientific claims that are made by partisans to influence public policy.” This SciCheck branch is funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

This comes as no surprise to some of us, but some still disturbingly rely on “independent fact checkers” to discern truth for them. In the words of Congressman Massie, “Bless your heart if you think factcheck.org is an unbiased source of vaccine information.”




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