How to Block Fact Checkers and Gate Keepers On Facebook

Have you received the message “This post has been removed for misinformation… or deemed inappropriate….” on Facebook. Just who are these Facebook “Police”?

Facebook Fact Check Header

Who you goin to call, Fact Checkers? A ‘play on words’ from the movie ‘Ghostbusters’.

Have you received the message “This post has been removed for misinformation… or deemed inappropriate….” on Facebook. Just who are these Facebook “Police”?

You will be surprised at the number of people who use ‘fact checker’ or ‘gate keeper’ as their name

Facebook has partnered with independent third-party fact-checkers globally who are certified through the non-partisan International Fact-Checking Network (ICFN). This fact-checking program launched in 2016, and has continued to expand it since then to cover more languages and countries.

The focus of this program is to address viral misinformation; provably false claims, particularly those that have the potential to mislead or harm.

Fact-checking partners are able to review content across both Facebook and Instagram, including organicand boosted posts. They can also review videos, images, links or text-only posts.

There are a lot of guides on the Internet that tell you to block ‘fact checker’ from the Facebook block user function. However, all this does is block users and pages that call themselves ‘fact checker’. Facebook does not actually disclose who and where the ‘fact checker’ actually are, so blocking random pages named ‘fact checker’ won’t really do much. The same goes for ‘gate keeper’.

So, this post is just for fun and informational. You are unable to actually block a Facebook ‘fact checker’ or ‘gate keeper’. With that said, let’s explore how to block people who call themselves ‘fact checker’ or ‘gatekeeper’.

This is for devices running Facebook

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Who Are Fact Checkers

Source: Facebook

Since we do not believe that a private company like Facebook should be the arbiters of truth, we rely on independent fact-checkers to identify and review potential misinformation, which enables us to take action.

  1. Identify: We identify potential misinformation using a variety of signals, and our fact-checking partners can also proactively identify content on their own.
  2. Review: Fact-checkers review and rate the accuracy of stories through original reporting, including interviewing primary sources, consulting public data, and conducting analyses of media, including photos and video.
  3. Act: Once we have a rating from a fact-checking partner, we take action by ensuring that fewer people see that misinformation by surfacing fact-check articles to users across our platforms and showing labels on top of false stories.

Who Are Gate Keepers

Source: Slate

Facebook Oversight Board is their gatekeeper. A gatekeeper decides what is free speech or not. The board will act much like a court of appeals for the platform, and it will take on cases regarding how to handle controversial content on Facebook and Instagram. The board will also act in an advisory capacity, giving policy recommendations to the company.

Block a Fact Checker

First, launch Facebook and tap the Menu icon. Refer to below image:

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Accessing Facebook menu

Now, scroll down and open the Settings and Privacy section and tap Settings. See below image:

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Accessing Facebook settings

Next, scroll down to the Blocking section and tap it. See following image:

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Accessing the Blocking section

Next, tap the link Add to blocked list. Refer to below image:

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Accessing the Add to blocked list link

At the top of the page, in the Search box, type in: fact checker. Here you will see a long list of people using the name of ‘fact checker’. See below image:

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Entering Fact Checker in the Search box

Next, tap a listing or the Block icon and you will be given a dialog box to Block or Cancel. Tap the Block icon. That person will be added to your Blocked People list. See following image:

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Blocking a Fact Checker

Now, repeat the above for each ‘fact checker’ person you want to block. Next, in the Search box, type in: fact checkers. Here you will see another long list of people using the name of ‘fact checkers’. Next, tap a listing or the Block icon. Tap the Block icon and repeat for each person in the list as needed.

Block a Gate Keeper

Go back to the Search box and type in: gate keeper. Here you will see a long list of people using the name of ‘gate keeper’. Refer to below image:

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Entering Gate Keeper in the Search box

Next, tap a listing or the Block icon you will be given a dialog box to Block or Cancel. Tap the Block icon. See below image:

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Blocking a Gate Keeper

Repeat the above for a search of ‘gate keepers’ and block as needed. Next, tap the back button to see your Blocked People list that includes ‘fact checker’, ‘fact checkers’, ‘gate keeper’ and/or ‘gate keepers’. Why do people use such names? See following image:

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Your Blocked People list

Now, tap all the way back using the Back button and exit Facebook.

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Author: Raymond

I am Raymond Oglesby, an Information Technology (IT) specialist with 30 years in the field. I have taught Microsoft Applications and troubleshot computers in 15 countries and many States. My career was focused on mainframes and desktops from application development to implementation. I have written hundreds of programs for various architectures. I decided to start a blog to share my knowledge and experiences with you. I plan on updating this blog at least twice a week about smart phone apps to Windows. Please feel free to leave a Comment or Tweet. I would love to hear from you. Do you have a computer tech question? I will do my best to answer your inquiry. Please mention the app and version that you are using. To help me out, you can send screenshots of your data related to your question.

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