Facebook Censors Kavanaugh Story After a Conservative Site Calls It “Fake News”

Last week, ThinkProgress published a report by Senior Fellow Ian Millhiser headlined “Brett Kavanaugh said he would kill Roe v. Wade last week and almost no one noticed.” But then a Facebook fact-checker with the conservative outlet the Weekly Standard declared it “fake news,” leading the piece to be targeted and demoted by the social media site. The Intercept then re-published Millhiser’s piece, with editor-in-chief Betsy Reed writing, “The story was effectively nuked from Facebook, with other outlets threatened with traffic and monetary consequences if they shared it.” We speak with Ian Millhiser, a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress Action Fund and the justice editor for ThinkProgress.

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Last week ThinkProgress published a report by Senior Fellow Ian Millhiser that was headlined Brett Kavanaugh said he would kill Roe v. Wade last week and almost no one noticed. The story was declared fake news by a Facebook fact checker with the conservative outlet The Weekly Standard, which attacked Ian Millhiser in an editorial headlined, Kavanaugh Needs No Defense.

Millhiser wrote that “Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh may have committed a very serious crime — possibly even a sex crime. Or maybe he didn’t. That’s what we just learned from an extraordinarily vague press statement by Senator Dianne Feinstein.” The editors at The Weekly Standard responded, “Nope. That’s not what we ‘learned’ from Feinstein’s statement, because you can’t ‘learn’ that maybe a thing happened and maybe it didn’t… all we’ll learn about the mendacious commentary on it from hitmen like Millhiser is that Senate Democrats are willing to disgrace themselves and defame a good man in order to propitiate their most vicious supporters,” The Weekly Standard wrote.

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