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Facebook punishes liberal news site after fact check by right-wing site

• by Jon Brodkin

Facebook yesterday gave a "false rating" to an article written by a liberal news site after a conservative publication used by Facebook as a fact checker claimed the article was incorrect.

The article in question, published by ThinkProgress, was titled, "Brett Kavanaugh said he would kill Roe v. Wade last week and almost no one noticed." While Supreme Court nominee Kavanaugh didn't literally say that he would vote to overturn the abortion ruling from 1973, ThinkProgress writer Ian Millhiser made a reasonable argument that Judge Kavanaugh's statements show that he believes Roe v. Wade was decided incorrectly.

The right-wing Weekly Standard called ThinkProgress's article false in a fact check, based on the rather obvious fact that Kavanaugh never specifically said he would vote to overturn Roe.