We Need to Know More About Facebook and the Fact Checkers

One of the great ironies of the fact-checking enterprise is that despite their mission to bring transparency and truth to the marketplace of ideas, fact checkers themselves operate largely as black boxes. Arguing they are businesses rather than public services, fact-checking sites refuse to answer even the most basic questions about their inner workings. As Facebook’s financial influence over the fact-checking landscape grows, new questions arise about fact checkers’ financial transparency and external influences.

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