LEAD STORIES, THE FOREIGN-RUN, FACT-CHECKING PLATFORM USED BY FACEBOOK, HAS CENSORED A NATIONAL PULSE ARTICLE HIGHLIGHTING SPEAKER NANCY PELOSI’S ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF A U.S. GOVERNMENT REPORT WHICH CONCLUDED THAT “CHINA PREFERS THAT PRESIDENT TRUMP DOES NOT WIN REELECTION.” LEAD STORIES RECENTLY ANNOUNCED A PARTNERSHIP WITH THE CCP-LINKED TIKTOK APP.
The fact-checker was recently enlisted by TikTok to “monitor misinformation about the 2020 election,” despite TikTok itself being routinely used to influence the election.
Just days after this announcement Lead Stories began to censor stories on Facebook that harm the Chinese Communist Party’s interest.
National Pulse Editor-in-Chief Raheem Kassam commented on the censorship: “Ostensibly, the job of Facebook’s fact checkers is to highlight fake news. Not to challenge the editorial positions or news direction of reputable Western news organizations. Lead Stories is a group of Democratic donors and Chinese Communist Party collaborators demanding Western news sites bow to their editorial preferences. We never will.”
When Facebook users interface with the National Pulse story “Pelosi Confirms ‘China Would Prefer Joe Biden,” they’re met with veil cloaking the article accompanied by a “partly false” brand as decided by “independent fact-checkers.”
But the “independent” fact checkers are actually overtly in partnership with TikTok, owned by ByteDance, the founder of which recently committed to using his companies to further the goals of the Chinese Communist Party.
Lead Stories says the Pulse story falsely identified Pelosi as “confirming” the findings of a recent National Counterintelligence and Security Center intelligence (NCSC) report which posited China supported Democratic Presidential candidate Joe Biden in the upcoming election.