“Scientists often disagree over how to interpret evidence,” The Editorial Board wrote. “Debate is how ideas are tested and arguments are refined. But Facebook’s fact checkers are presenting their opinions as fact and seeking to silence other scientists whose views challenge their own.”
In December 2020, Facebook pledged to remove “false claims” about COVID vaccines that had been debunked by public health experts, though they didn’t specify which public health experts,” according to The Hill.
Although the statute exempts websites from being sued for removing content deemed to be “obscene, lewd, lascivious, filthy, excessively violent, harassing or otherwise objectionable” as long as the companies are acting in “good faith,” social media companies like Facebook are using this statute to shield themselves from removing content that’s anything but –– like Dr. Makary’s opinion, the WSJ said.
The WSJ has been hesitant to support proposals aimed at modifying Section 230 for platforms like Facebook, but “social media giants are dominating public discourse — acting like publishers, removing articles, adding phony fact checks and censoring other reputable publishers that would not be allowed without the protections of Section 230,” the WSJ editorial board wrote.
On Aug. 18, 2020, Children’s Health Defense (CHD) filed a lawsuit against Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg and several third-party fact-checkers for illegal censorship and fraudulently misrepresenting and defaming CHD. The complaint alleges the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), CDC Foundation and WHO collaborate with Facebook and Zuckerberg in a joint action with the government to censor content.WSJ Editorial Board: Facebook Censors Scientific Debate • Children’s Health Defense