Snopes Business Model: “Credibility” for Sale to the Highest Bidder

For reasons unknown to most of the general public, has ascended to a place of power in the world of Internet fact-checking, culminating in its new agreement to become fact-check so-called “fake news” sites with Facebook and other news organizations.

But while Snopes enjoys a reputation for seemingly being an “arbiter of truth” among many in the social media world, the truth is that the site has mostly operated as a “mom-and-pop” organization over the years according to NPR, although it has hired more staff recently.

Now, the website has been granted an enormous amount of power and may soon be able to determine which stories get seen more on Facebook and which get buried. As fate would have it, the organization seems incredibly biased toward Monsanto and the Biotech industry, according to a report from one popular food researcher and blogger.

Did Bow to Monsanto and Industry Pressure on Glyphosate?

Recent indpendent lab tests showed that popular American foods contain alarmingly high levels of glyphosate, the main ingredient in Monsanto’s best-selling herbicide.

Glyphosate was deemed to be a “probable human carcinogen” by the World Health Organization in 2015, much to the chagrin of Monsanto and other agrochemical companies.

Unfortunately for readers of a recent piece on the glyphosate testing reports, a key fact was incorrectly stated, and major edits were made to the original story that have many wondering whether Monsanto or Biotech industry influence was involved (see the full post from researcher and blogger Vani Hari, aka ‘Food Babe,’ here).

According to Hari’s report, the facts on glyphosate and cancer were incorrectly stated:

In this first revision, Snopes makes a huge mistake in stating that the World Health Organization’s International Agency For Research on Cancer’s (IARC) finding that glyphosate is probably carcinogenic to humans was “overturned in March 2016”, which is NOT TRUE…”

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