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Don’t let Facebook label us ‘fake news’

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September 14, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) –  It seems that it is not enough for Facebook to systematically discriminate against our content and reject our ad submissions. In order to suppress our reach to those looking for the truth, they want to marginalize us completely by labeling us (and other conservative organizations) as “fake news.”

Facebook recently admitted to combating “fake news” by developing a system that ranks users’ trustworthiness on a scale from 1 to 10. This is determined by users’ opinions rather than objective investigations!

This means that aggressively pro-abortion and anti-family Facebook users can rank LifeSiteNews as “untrustworthy” with the simple click of a button - just because they dislike the facts that we publish.

Facebook has therefore made it ridiculously easy for our highly organized, well-financed (George Soros, etc) and hateful opponents to have LifeSiteNews wrongly categorized as “fake news” and our traffic suppressed according to Facebook’s “terms of agreement.”

Truth does not matter according to this mob-mentality-serving process.  

This is a direct attack on LifeSiteNews and the very values that we hold dear. Our world is in need of the truth, and when the social media giant is actively taking steps to silence our voice, we cannot reach as many people with the truth.

Will you help us fight the censorship that we are facing to ensure that our voice is still heard? A gift of $200, $100, $50 or $35 today will give us the resources we need to stand strong in the battle ahead.

Not only are we being censored and silenced, they are charging us for it! 

Over the last year, LifeSite’s Facebook reach has plummeted. This has led us to necessarily increase our spending for Facebook ads to maintain the reach we have left. Without that Facebook audience we would have far less influence on the culture.

In the meantime, we are trying to greatly increase our email lists and visits directly to our home page so that LifeSite will eventually not be so dependent upon Facebook, Twitter or Google. There is a long way to go on that effort.

In addition to our increased spending, Facebook has refused to approve our pro-life campaign ads! They have put up roadblock after roadblock to ensure that our message is slowed down and that less Facebook users see our message of truth. 

Even though the number of likes on our Facebook page has increased significantly since June of last year, our reach has dropped substantially because of bias and censorship. I have included this graph for you, to give you a glimpse into the ludicrousy of this entire situation.

One response that our team received as the reason for Facebook’s disapproval of our ads is equally concerning. The ad pertaining to this response simply showed an image of a pregnant mother holding a photo of her baby’s ultrasound...

I do see that the ad has a fetus and while it involves your ad text and topic, it may be viewed too strong for Facebook to allow to show.

Such viewpoint discrimination is a direct attack on our shared life and family values, and is greatly affecting our efforts to fundraise and spread our news.

Will you consider becoming a supporter of LifeSiteNews today with a gift of even just $35? Your support can ensure that our news coverage continues even amidst the censorship that we face.

While Facebook obviously lacks the power of an authoritarian government, critics are saying that such efforts are part of a broad campaign to suppress right-of-center voices and give liberals a monopoly on social media.

A confidential memo written last year by the far-left Media Matters details a comprehensive campaign to pressure social media and tech companies into silencing conservatives. Previous analyses have found that Facebook’s algorithm changes are disproportionately impacting conservative publishers.

We are all obliged to take whatever actions we can to defend our freedoms. If not, it appears we are about to lose many of them. Will you stand with us today with a one-time or monthly gift to combat this modern-day Goliath?

There has never been a more pressing time to come together as a community and speak the truth. We refuse to let the voice of truth be discounted, misrepresented and silenced.

So, we need your help.

The foundation of our society is more at risk than ever before. Now is the time for us to stand strong for life and family values, and spread our message far and wide.

A commitment of support today means that we can continue our mission to restore our culture through the power of the media even amidst censorship.

With a gift of $500, $100, $50 or $35 today, you can help us continue to reach millions with life-affirming, high quality pro-life and pro-family journalism!

If you would like to give by phone or mail, please follow the donate link here, and choose either option at the bottom of the donate form.

Thank you for the trust you have put in LifeSiteNews. I thank God for the opportunity to serve readers like you in this way.

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