Stossel’s complaint alleged Facebook and its fact-checking partners “falsely attributed to Stossel a claim he never made, and on that basis flagged the content as ‘misleading’ and ‘missing context,’ so that would-be viewers would be routed to the false attribution statement,” according to Variety.
Famous conservative commentator John Stossel reportedly filed suit against Facebook for placing fact-check labels on his videos.
Stossel declared via Twitter that “Facebook and ‘fact checking’ activists at a group called Climate Feedback claimed I pushed misleading information – but I never made the claim they said I did! Even after pointing it out to them, they doubled down. Now, I’m suing.” ReclaimTheNet obtained a reported copy of the lawsuit. Variety illustrated that Stossel is “demanding at least $2 million in damages from Facebook in a lawsuit he filed against the social media giant, alleging the company defamed him by appending fact-checking labels to two videos he posted about climate change,” Variety explained in a Sept. 23 article.
Facebook reportedly responded to Variety that the platform is ready to lock horns: “We believe this case is without merit and we will defend ourselves vigorously against the allegations.”