Snopes quits Facebook’s fact-checking programme, saying it has become an ‘impossible’ task

Snopes quits Facebook's fact-checking programme, saying it has become an 'impossible' task

One of the internet’s oldest fact-checking sites has pulled out of Facebook’s flagship anti-fake-news project, with staff saying it has become “impossible” to manage the workload.

Snopes.com, which was founded in 1994 to debunk urban myths, said it had ended its role in Facebook’s fact-checking programme after two years after “evaluating the ramifications and costs”.

Snopes’ vice president of operations Vinny Green accused the social network of not doing enough to help fact-checkers manage its torrent of fake news and that it seemed to be relying on them to do its work.

“It doesn’t seem like we’re striving to make third-party fact-checking more practical for publishers,” Mr Green told the Poynter…

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