You’ve probably heard of the Babylon Bee, a very popular Christian satire site which hilariously mocks faux Christianity, leftist politics and pop-culture.
But sometimes truth and fiction are difficult to distinguish.
So when the Bee published a headline referring to CNN’s new washing machine which aids in spinning the news, Facebook’s fact-checking partner Snopes took it seriously.
That’s when the story was flagged as fake news and Facebook warned the Bee that blocking was imminent.
But in beautiful satirical fashion, the Bee responded with another satire: “Facebook Sends Warm Reminder To Publishers That It Is In Complete Control Of Their Livelihood.”
Facebook recanted its warning with a faux apology.
Here’s more from Hotair…
The Babylon Bee is a satirical “Christian news” site which, like the Onion, pokes fun at various issues through the publication of faux-news stories. Yesterday the Bee published a story headlined, “CNN Purchases Industrial-Sized Washing Machine To Spin News Before Publication.” Here’s a sample:
ATLANTA, GA—In order to aid the news station in preparing stories for consumption, popular news media organization CNN purchased an industrial-sized washing machine to help its journalists and news anchors spin the news before publication.
The custom-made device allows CNN reporters to load just the facts of a given issue, turn a dial to “spin cycle,” and within five minutes, receive a nearly unrecognizable version of the story that’s been spun to fit with the news station’s agenda.
The image above is the one that went along with the story. But, according to fact-checking site Snopes, enough people took this satirical metaphor seriously that a fact-check was deemed necessary. “Did CNN Purchase an Industrial-Sized Washing Machine to Spin News?” Well, no, because it was satire! But Snopes, knowing it was satire, still rated it “False” as if it were an actual factual claim.