A Facebook fact-checking company named Lead Stories, gets part of its money from its partnership with TikTok.
TikTok made headlines when Trump was going to ban them from being able to operate within the US due to their ties to the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). They have been deemed a national security threat by American authorities.
A company that is supposed to oversee the fact checkers is ran by the Poynter Institute which is another TikTok partner.
Lead Stories says it’s been contracted by ByteDance “for fact checking related work” referring to TikTok’s announcement earlier this year that it has partnered with several organizations “to further aid our efforts to reduce the spread of misinformation,” particularly regarding the CCP virus pandemic which originated in China and was exacerbated by the CCP regime’s coverup.
Lead Stories was started in 2015 by Belgian website developer Maarten Schenk, CNN veteran Alan Duke, and two lawyers from Florida and Colorado. It listed operating expenses of less than $50,000 in 2017, but had expanded seven-fold by 2019, largely thanks to the more than $460,000 Facebook paid it for fact-checking services in 2018 and 2019. The company took on more than a dozen staffers, about half of them CNN alumni, and became one of Facebook’s most prolific fact-checkers of American content.
This year, the funding sources included Google, Facebook, ByteDance, and several online advertising services. Advertising brought it less than $25,000 last year, the group said.
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Eric Swalwell's Relationship with Chinese Spy Shows FBI's Double Standard
California Democrat Rep. Eric Swalwell insists that he has done nothing wrong since the release of information pertaining to his relationship with a young woman allegedly spying for China.
Swalwell cut off contact with the spy when he was given a defensive briefing from the FBI, which brings to question, why didn’t they spy on Swalwell the way they did on Trump?
Fang Fang, a k a Christine Fang, got close to several politicians, especially in the Bay Area, from 2011 to 2015, only to abruptly leave the country as the FBI was closing in. US officials believe China’s Ministry of State Security, its main civilian spy agency, sent her here to collect intelligence and gain influence with up-and-coming politicians.
Since Democrats dominate Bay Area politics, she focused on officials such as Swalwell, starting when he was a Dublin city councilman and continuing after he won election to Congress in 2012. She turned out to have a good eye for talent: The congressman became a member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence in 2015, getting the lead role in the subcommittee on CIA oversight.
Axios reports Fang had sexual relationships with at least two Midwestern mayors; Swalwell won’t say whether he slept with the honeytrap. He interacted with her at a number of public events over the years, and she was a fundraising bundler for his 2014 re-election campaign. She even helped place an intern in his office.
But then the FBI, in the midst of a counterintelligence probe into Fang’s activities, briefed him in 2015, and he cut all ties (though his father and brother remain Facebook friends with her).
Swalwell seems to be more upset about the leak then the fact that China targeted him. He also claims this is payback for his work trying to impeach Trump.
Swalwell pushed every Russian-collusion conspiracy theory he could find for years and yet no one connected to the president was found to have colluded with Russia. In fact the Durham investigation made top FBI lawyer Kevin Clinesmith, plead guilty to altering a document that was then used to obtain a secret FISA application and warrant to spy on a person working for the Trump campaign.
Chinese Military was Invited to Train in Canada by Trudeau
China’s People’s Liberation Party (PLA) was invited by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to send their troops for cold weather training at CFB Petawawa in Ontario Canada.
Rebel News received a 34-page classified document from the Trudeau government they labeled the “The China Files” which show that Trudeau was angry at the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) when they cancelled training after China kidnapped Canadian citizens Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig.
Other revelations in the China Files as reported by Rebel news are:
* Disgraced cabinet minister Catherine McKenna jetted to China for a three-day conference just months after the two Michaels were taken hostage
* Trudeau sent nearly 200 CAF personnel to Wuhan in October of 2019 to participate in the Military World Games, a propaganda bonanza for China diplomatic reports that China is using its “belt and road” negotiations to demand that countries drop human rights complaints if they want trade deals
* Chinese censorship of Twitter use
* Chinese use of a smartphone app to track Uyghur Muslims in Xinjiang
* Bureaucrats bizarre protocol of referring to accused fraudster and Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou as “Ms. Meng”, but refusing to even mention the two Michaels by name
The China Files show that Trudeau’s submissive approach to China isn’t just his personal obsession— it’s the official policy of his entire government and it has deeply infected Canada’s civil service, too. Trudeau’s right-hand man, Ian Shugart, was tasked with silencing the CAF’s legitimate concerns about China, and forcing our military to continue acting as if China, not the U.S., was our most important ally.
It looks like Democrats in America aren’t the only ones with strong ties to the Chinese Communist Party. The progressive left internationally are quick to sell their soul and their country to the CCP.