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Abstract

The International Fast-Checking Network is a forum for fast-checkers worldwide hosted by the Poynter Institute for Media Studies. The Poynter Institute is largely funded by George Soros´ Open Society Foundations, Google, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the National Endowment for Democracy, Ebay´s Omidyar Foundation, and others.
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Who is going to Fast Check the Fast Checkers?
Domina Petric, MD
The International Fast-Checking Network is a forum for fast-checkers worldwide hosted by
the Poynter Institute for Media Studies. The Poynter Institute is largely funded by George
Soros´ Open Society Foundations, Google, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the
National Endowment for Democracy, Ebay´s Omidyar Foundation, and others.
INTRODUCTION
˝The International Fast-Checking Network
(IFCN) is a forum for fact-checkers
worldwide hosted by the Poynter Institute
for Media Studies. These organizations
fast-check statements by public figures,
major institutions and other widely
circulated claims of interest to society.˝
Funding: Arthur M. Blank Family
Foundation, the Duke Reporters´ Lab, the
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation,
Google, the National Endowment for
Democracy, the Omidyar Network, the
Open Society Foundations and the Park
Foundation
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IFCN
Facebook released a statement on
December 15, 2016 advising users that
they were starting a program to ˝work with
third-party fact checking organizations that
are signatories of Poynter’s International
Fact Checking Code of Principles.˝
Poynter´s journalists are funded by George
Soros’ Open Society Foundations, The Bill
& Melinda Gates Foundation, the National
Endowment for Democracy (which has
financial links to the State Department),
Ebay’s Omidyar Foundation, and Craig
Newmark, the founder of Craigslist who
donated a massive $1 million to Poynter to
create this ˝anti fake news˝ mechanism.
Craig Newmark is also a Clinton campaign
donor. As is George Soros and Bill Gates,
both big time supporters of the Clinton
Foundation as well as Hillary’s election
campaign fund. Another Poynter donor,
Ebay founder Pierre Omidyar, is also a
massive donor to Clinton, giving millions
of dollars to the Foundation
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Danish journalist Iben Thranholm said:
˝It gave me goosebumps to hear those
names because they have actually a very
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strong political agenda. It´s like there are
a lot of people who think that it´s
dangerous not to be able to control the
media, so to sort out what is supposedly
the real news and the fake news is actually
a way to control the narrative. So if you
want to be in opposition to these political
powers then you are going to be censored.
Of course this is a kind of censorship.˝
The line-up feeds criticism from right-wing
commentators that the new fact checking
feature will be biased towards left-wing
causes and could interfere with the social
media feeds of millions of voters. The
feature flags any stories which have been
disputed by a third party before users
attempt to share them and prohibit the
promotion of any ˝fake stories˝. The third
parties include but are not limited to ABC
News, Politico, Snopes and The
Washington Post
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CONCLUSION
Many times the articles from Fast Checkers
do not include actual counter-arguments,
but only a plenty of logical fallacies, such as
appeal to authority (˝This is fake news
because I say so!˝) or appeal to ridicule
(˝Your theory is stupid, bizarre, silly,
funny…˝). For open, democratic and
civilized discussion valid arguments and
counter-arguments must be used. Both (or
more) sides in any kind of discussion
(scientific, political, sociological,
theological…) must refrain from using
logical fallacies instead of valid arguments.
And finally, who is going to fast check the
Fast Checkers?
REFERENCES
1. International Fast Checking Network. February
27, 2018. Retrieved from (August 29, 2020)
https://www.globalmis.info/detail/initiatives/ifcn
2. Dmitry B. George Soros And Bill Gates Funding
Facebook´s Fast Checkers. May 6, 2020. Retrieved
from (August 29, 2020)
https://australiannationalreview.com/state-of-
affairs/george-soros-and-bill-gates-funding-
facebooks-fact-
checkers/?fbclid=IwAR0H62Bd5xq4QMvKR5he9g
q8fMoCgacKlINJr0dNcsGbRET7chvVXW5aCvI
3. Clinton mega donor George Soros leads line-up
of liberal billionaires who are funding Facebook´s
fake news fact checker. December 17, 2016.
Retrieved from (August 29, 2020)
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-
4041910/Clinton-mega-donor-George-Soros-leads-
line-liberal-billionaires-funding-Facebook-s-fake-
news-fact-checker.html
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Dmitry B. George Soros And Bill Gates Funding Facebook´s Fast Checkers. May 6, 2020. Retrieved from (August 29, 2020)