Hillsdale College
Case #
6669

Facebook censors Hillsdale College's paid ad by placing a fact check label on it claiming "false information": Hillsdale College ran a paid advertisement on Facebook to promote one of its free video series classes. The ad asked, "Are you aware of the idea of an economic reset? We discussed this at a recent CCA event and packaged the conversations into a free online video series so you can learn more about this economic reset and its effect on America today." Although Hillsdale is paying Facebook to display this ad, Facebook still censored it by placing a fact check label on it. Depending on how the ad is viewed, a user will either see a "False Information" label over the image in the ad, or will see a notice below the ad that refers to a fact check done on the ad. If a user clicks on the label, they are presented with a warning that says "False information. Independent fact-checkers say this information has no basis in fact. You can choose whether to see it." In all cases, the label refers to a Lead Stories fact check titled "'The Great Reset' Is NOT A Secret Plan Masterminded By Global Elites To Limit Freedoms And Push Radical Policies." Although the text in the ad does not refer specifically to "The Great Reset," the course that is being advertised is called "The Great Reset? Learn about the Great Reset, its ramifications for America, and pro-freedom alternatives completely free." Hillsdale explains that the "goal of the Great Reset" is "'capitalism with Chinese characteristics' - a two-tiered economy, with profitable monopolies and the state on top and socialism for the majority below." The fact check, rather than explaining how this has "no basis in fact," cites the goals of the WEF Great Reset project as involving "steering markets toward fairer outcomes," "ensuring investments are helping to advance shared goals, such as sustainability," and "harnessing technology in support of the public good." None of these goals refutes Hillsdale's interpretation of the project, but instead provides some evidence to support it. It is not only unclear why this fact check has been applied to this ad, but also why Facebook is censoring advertisements that they are being paid to display.

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