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Facebook apologises over Christian satire website the Babylon Bee censor threat

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Facebook has apologised for threatening to impose controls on a Christian news satire website accused of spreading false information.

The Babylon Bee was threatened with reduced exposure on the social media website, and the right to generate income on its articles shared on Facebook withdrawn.

In a statement seen by The Daily Caller News Foundation, Facebook said: "There's a difference between false news and satire.

"This was a mistake and should not have been rated false in our system.

"It's since been corrected and won't count against the domain in any way."

The Babylon Bee was reported by the fact-checking website Snopes earlier this month over an article entitled 'Did CNN Purchase an Industrial-Sized Washing Machine to Spin News?'.

Appearing somewhat sympathetic to the Babylon Bee, Snopes said: "Although it should have been obvious that the Babylon Bee piece was just a spoof of the ongoing political brouhaha over alleged news media "bias" and "fake news," some readers missed that aspect of the article and interpreted it literally.

"But the site's footer gives away the Babylon Bee's nature by describing it as 'Your Trusted Source For Christian News Satire', and the site has been responsible for a number of other (usually religious-themed) spoofs that have been mistaken for real news articles."

The Babylon Bee's founder, Adam Ford shared on his Twitter account a message he received when Facebook which read: "The Babylon Bee recently posted [a] link that contains info disputed by Snopes.com.

"Repeat offenders will see their distribution reduced and their ability to monetise and advertised removed.”

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