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George Soros funds 8 out of 11 of Facebook's fact-checking organizations in Central and Eastern Europe

13.01.2021.

When it comes to policing political content and deciding what is true and what is disinformation, in Central and Eastern Europe, Facebook relies on third-party organizations to handle fact-checking, and many of these organizations are funded by progressive billionaire George Soros.

Currently, Facebook has more than 60 partners who fact-check content in more than 50 languages ​​worldwide. As Remix News has previously reported, 18 out of 20 members of Facebook's global fact-checking board have ties to George Soros, who has provided funding to liberal causes around the world, including over $50 million he's spent on defeating President Donald Trump and efforts to undermine conservative governments in Hungary and Poland.

Soros' influence on the social media giant does not end with Facebook's global fact-checking board, though. He also funds or indirectly funds the third-party fact-checkers that have partnered with Facebook in specific countries, including Great Britain, the United States, and Spain. Increasingly, the fact-checkers he funds are also located in Central Europe, with Remix News identifying at least eight out of 11 countries in the region where the fact-checking organization is a Soros-funded group (a number of countries, such as Hungary, Serbia, and Romania, still have no official Facebook third-party fact-checker or no such information was available at time of publication).

These organizations have the power to censor political content and label content as "false" or "disinformation". With so many of these so-called "fact-checkers" receiving funding from Soros, it raises serious questions about the potential for bias on arguably the world's most important social network. The breadth of fact-checking organizations on Facebook tied to just one man is truly staggering, and the countries of Central and Eastern Europe are no exceptions. 

Poland

In Poland, Facebook has partnered with Demagog for its fact-checking. Demagog receives funding from the Stefan Batory Foundation, one of the largest progressive NGOs in the country. George Soros's Open Society Foundation has pumped millions into the Batory Foundation. He is not only the organization's largest foreign donor but was also instrumental in founding the organization. 

The financial report shows that the Open Society Foundation in Switzerland gave €516,000 to the Batory Foundation, while the Open Society Institute in Budapest donated €280,000, and the Foundation to Promote Open Society in New York gifted €260,000. Transparency International from Berlin, which also receives money from Soros, also funds the Batory Foundation.

The Batory Foundation has played an active role as a staunch critic of Poland's ruling conservative government led by the Law and

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