Legal Action

ICAN v. Lead Stories – Facebook “Fact Check” Retracted


On January 9, 2020, the Highwire posted the video “W.H.O CHIEF SCIENTIST CAUGHT LYING TO THE PUBLIC.”  The video goes viral!  On January 30, 2020, the “fact check” organization Lead Stories, which is almost entirely funded by Facebook, labels the video “False Information” and issues a “Hoax Alert.”  This is the very first video ever put out by Highwire that was labeled “False Information.”  On February 12, 2020, Del Bigtree emailed them demanding they remove the “False Information” label.

When the “False Information” label was not removed, on May 20, 2020, ICAN’s attorneys sent a copy of a lawsuit demanding that the “false” label be removed or else the lawsuit would be formally field on May 27, 2020.  On May 22, 2020, the “false” label was entirely removed from Facebook for this video.

Watch a segment of the Highwire in which Del Bigtree gives more details about this incredible about face by Facebook’s fact checkers.