Radical billionaire George Soros has been quietly funding a global network of so-called “fact-checking” organizations, an investigation has found.
In recent years, a cottage industry of “fact-checkers” has emerged to censor online information.
These self-declared “experts” on so-called “misinformation” and “disinformation” heavily target conservatives in an effort to advance the Left’s mission of silencing dissent to its agenda around the world.
While these “fact-checking” organizations have access to Big Tech companies’ systems and can block information from public view, their power to control the narrative is deeply concerning.
However, a new investigative report may have shed some light on this one-sided agenda after discovering how much of the “fact-checking” industry is, in fact, funded by leftist Soros.
The New York Post broke down the trail of Soros dollars linking a global network of organizations intent on suppressing and discrediting conservative voices online.
The outlet found that Soros has been pumping tens of millions of dollars into the same organizations that have been smearing conservatives and censoring information that conflicts with the Left’s agenda on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and other Big Tech companies.
Via the New York Post:
Later in the year, heading into the midterms, in an open letter signed by 11 other leftist groups, the Soros-funded Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights called on Big Tech CEOs to take “immediate” action to spread so-called “voting disinformation” to “help prevent the undermining” of democracy.
The signatories had received a combined $30.3 million from Soros in just a four-year period.
As the Hungarian publication Remix revealed, of the 11 Facebook-approved fact checking organizations for Central and Eastern Europe, eight were funded by Soros.
As is the case for the US, these fact checking groups are largely critical of the political right.
One project of the Poynter Institute specifically, the International Fact-Checking Network (IFCN), was launched in 2015 with its initial funding coming from the National Endowment for Democracy (backed by the US State Department), the Omidyar Network, Google, Facebook, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and George Soros’ Open Society Foundations.
“Fact-checking” has become a powerful element in the Left’s online censorship machine.
It gives social media companies a politically neutral pretext to censor conservative viewpoints.
Facebook notoriously uses “fact-checkers” to dodge responsibility for censorship.
However, Facebook’s infamous decision to suppress the Hunter Biden laptop story took place before any third-party “fact-checkers” had weighed in.
In court, Facebook has admitted that these “fact checks,” despite their pretense of impartiality and objectivity, are just opinions.