OOPS? Facebook Fact-Checked Springsteen’s Pro-Biden ‘The Rising’

August 19th, 2020 2:01 PM

Bleeding-heart liberal Bruce Springsteen’s pro-Biden anthem was flagged by Facebook’s third-party fact-checkers … until Facebook reportedly explained its mistake after backlash.

“The Democratic National Convention video of the Bruce Springsteen song ‘The Rising,’ in which Springsteen and wife Patti Scialfa make an appearance, was removed from Springsteen’s verified Facebook page at approximately 9:30 p.m. EST, Tuesday, Aug. 18,” App.com reported. App.com went on to claim that upon clicking the fact-check interstitial, or filter, users could read an explanation that stated: “‘Facebook found this post repeats information about COVID-19 that multiple independent fact-checkers say is false,’ read an explanation superimposed over a faded image of the video.”

The video’s fact-check was reportedly removed “About two and a half hours later.” Facebook spokesperson Katie Derkits reportedly told the USA Today Network New Jersey via email: "The label was applied by mistake and was quickly removed once we became aware of the issue.”

Springsteen’s “The Rising” video featured footage of what app.com described as “Scenes of a COVID-19 ravaged America, including an empty subway and football stadium.” Footage also appeared to show Black Lives Matter protestors marching, rioters clashing with police, and masked doctors.

App.com’s explanation of why the video was flagged was not entirely clear:

“A Facebook ‘Science Feedback’ explanation of the video removal, accessible by a click on the label, said that ‘SARS-CoV-2 is a novel coronavirus that arose naturally; no patent exists for SARS-CoV-2; no COVID-19 vaccine exists yet.’”

Alberto Engeli of Asbury Park was quoted by App.com explaining his speculation: “I don't understand why, I could only imagine the fact checkers are from multiple organizations and they're Republican.” He later added, “I don't see any relation with Sars-CoV 2 or that (the video) is spreading bogus coronavirus conspiracy theories.”

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