All opinion content on the platform — including op-ed articles
or posts that express the views or agendas of politicians,
businesses, and nongovernmental organizations — is exempt from
fact-checking. This policy has been in place since 2016,
according to said Andy Stone, Facebook’s policy communications
According to Climate Feedback, the op-ed cherry-picked facts and
compiled them in a deliberately misleading manner. You can read
the full fact-check here.
John Podesta, an adviser to President Barack Obama who coordinated
the administration’s climate policy, called Facebook’s opinion
policy “a loophole that you can drive a Mack truck through.”
According to Mr. Stone, Facebook is most concerned with flagging
or removing content that poses an immediate threat to human health
and safety, including disinformation about the coronavirus or hate
speech that incites violence. Climate change content, he said,
does not fall within that category.