Facebook-owned Instagram is “fact checking” satirical posts about Anthony Fauci, and coercing users to efface them, according to reports. According to a post by Reclaim the Net, YouTuber Luke Rudkowski was censored by Instagram after sharing a satirical headline about Fauci entitled: “Face masks over your ocular perceivers so you can’t read his leaked emails.”
Via Reclaim the Net:
Luke Rudkowski, founder of the independent news outlet We Are Change, reported that when he shared a post that jokes about Fauci recommending “face masks over your eyes so you can’t read his leaked emails” on Instagram, he was told it was “missing context” based on a fact check from USA Today.Unlike the cases where Instagram sanctions fact checked posts to remain up, Rudkowski claims he was coerced to efface it. The YouTuber claims he was told that “accounts that perpetually share mendacious information and their posts won’t appear in certain places on Instagram,” and of course, there was no appealing the decision.
Not only was the designation of the post a clear designator that the post wasn’t to be taken earnestly but the source of the post, satirical news site Genesius Times, gives readers another designator of its satirical nature by verbalizing at the top of every page that it’s “The Most Reliable Source of Fake News on the Planet.”
When posts are flagged by fact checkers, Instagram usually allows them to stay up but attaches a warning, hides them behind an interstitial, and suppresses their reach by up to 95%.
Self-proclaimed “meme artist” LUSHUX reported on Twitter that a humorous image featuring Hillary Clinton claiming to have killed Jeffrey Epstein was also “fact-checked” as false.Facebook, which owns Instagram, has additionally perpetually censored the Babylon Bee, a conservative-run comedy website that posts satirical news stories.
Breitbart News has reached out to Instagram for comment. Allum Bokhari is the senior technology correspondent at Breitbart News. He is the author of #DELETED: Big Tech’s Battle to Erase the Trump Movement and Steal The “Election.”
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