Social media giant, facebook has started to roll out their new ‘Fake News” button to supposedly filter fake news from their feeds, but their main third party fact-checker is not all they’re cracked up to be. Snopes was one of the first so-called fact checking sites on the web, but they started by focusing on silly hoaxes and only recently got in to politics. David and Barbara Mikkelson founded the site in 1995. The couple had met on a folklore-themed online message board pushing conspiracy theories and hoaxes. The couple originally posed as ‘The San Fernardo Valley Folklore Society’, using its name on letterheads, even though it did not exist. A profile of Snopes for the Webby Awards published in October describes it as ‘an entity dreamed up to help make the inquiries seem more legit’. Moreover, the Mikklesons have always been openly liberal and have various democrat political ties. One of their employees actually ran for local political office as a democrat. Worse yet, Snopes’ main political fact-checker is a writer named Kim Lacapria. Before joining Snopes, she wrote for Inquisitr, a blog that is known for publishing outrageous fake news.
The Mikkelsons went through a horrible divorce that exposed the inner workings of Snopes which included accusations of embezzlement, drugs and hookers. According to court records and former employees, Snopes was being run like a snowflake frat house and their writers were openly discussing ways to spin facts in favor of a left wing agenda. There are also reports that Snopes has received funding through various advertisers related to George Soros companies. Read the full article here.
Here’s a few quick facts:
- Facebook has announced plans to check for ‘fake news’ using a series of organizations to assess whether stories are true
- One of them is a website called Snopes.com which claims to be one of the web’s ‘essential resources’ and ‘painstaking, scholarly and reliable’
- It was founded by husband-and-wife Barbara and David Mikkelson, who used a letterhead claiming they were a non-existent society to start their research
- Now they are divorced – with Barbara claiming in legal documents he embezzled $98,000 of company money and spent it on ‘himself and prostitutes’
- In a lengthy and bitter legal dispute he is claiming to be underpaid and demanding ‘industry standard’ or at least $360,000 a year
- The two also dispute what are basic facts of their case – despite Snopes.com saying its ‘ownership’ is committed to ‘accuracy and impartiality’
- Snopes.com founder David Mikkelson’s new wife Elyssa Young is employed by the website as an administrator
- She has worked as an escort and porn actress and despite claims website is non-political ran as a Libertarian for Congress on a ‘Dump Bush’ platform
- Its main ‘fact checker’ is Kimberly LaCapria, whose blog ‘ViceVixen’ says she is in touch with her ‘domme side’ and has posted on Snopes.com while smoking pot