Facebook is “aiding and abetting the spread of climate
misinformation,” said Robert Brulle, an environmental sociologist
at Drexel University. “They have become the vehicle for climate
misinformation, and thus should be held partially responsible for
a lack of action on climate change.”
Brulle was reacting to Facebook’s recent decision, made at the
request of climate science deniers, to create a giant loophole in
its fact-checking program. Last year, Facebook partnered with an
organization, Science Feedback, that would bring in teams of Ph.D.
climate scientists to evaluate the accuracy of viral content. It
was an important expansion of the company’s third-party
But now Facebook has reportedly decided to allow its staffers to
overrule the climate scientists and make any climate
disinformation ineligible for fact-checking by deeming it
Facebook can’t have it both ways. They can be a haven for right-wing disinformation or they can be a part of civil society. Zuckerberg seemingly thinks they can have it both ways, but it can’t hold.