An overzealous 'fake news' monitor?

Thursday, May 18, 2017
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Charlie Butts (OneNewsNow.com)

Facebook logo 620x300Facebook has taken action after dumping a pro-life organization's ad page.

Without any type of notification, Right to Life of Michigan learned the page had been shut down. Group spokesman Chris Gast says they made phone calls and in response only got recorded responses. Then, they switched strategy.

"In the original email [received after] we went through their support system, they said that our ads were 'misleading' and receiving 'high negative feedback' – and neither of them were true," he explains. "We looked at the actual negative feedback we got: it was less than one in 500 and no one had marked it as spam. It was a very average post for us."

The post by the pro-life group dealt with Thomas Gordon, a Michigan abortionist with a criminal history whose medical license had been suspended by the state. Facebook finally indicated that they objected to an image in the ad.

"It was a mug shot of the abortionist that had been used in the local media news stories," says Gast.

OneNewsNow reported in mid-April on the suspension of Gordon's medical license, an action taken because he never informed health regulators of his criminal record. The abortionist was fined $10,000 and forced to undergo a rehab program for doctors. If Gordon completes it, he can apply to resume aborting preborn children.

Facebook, which has since restored the group's page, has said previously it will challenge "fake news." But Right to Life of Michigan fails to see how reporting the criminal record of an abortionist – something available through public records – equates to fake news.

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