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Live Action founder calls on Facebook to 'publicly apologize for wrongdoing'

The following is an excerpt from Blaze Media’s daily Capitol Hill Brief email newsletter:

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg admitted his company messed up with a recent "fact-check" that labeled a pro-life group's pro-life views as factually incorrect based on the views of two abortion doctors, according to a Republican senator on Thursday.

"He said that they made a mistake, that there was clearly bias," Sen. Josh Hawley, Mo., told reporters after meeting with Zuckerberg in his office. "Those were his words. He said there was clearly bias in the Live Action decision, that they were wrong to have censored Live Action, that there was a problem with their supposed independent fact-checker, that he's very concerned about it."

In August, Facebook hit pro-life advocacy group Live Action with a "false" rating after a "fact-check" on two videos that claimed abortion is not medically necessary. The social media platform's "fact-checking" mechanism made the determination based on the viewpoints of abortionists Robyn Schickler and Daniel Grossman. Schickler went so far as to say that "all reasons for deciding to seek abortion care are valid; no one reason is better than another."

Hawley was one of a group of Republican senators who sent Zuckerberg a strongly worded, public letter in response to the "fact-check" last week, saying that "No reasonable person would describe Grossman or Schickler as neutral or objective when it comes to the issue of abortion.” Facebook responded by lifting the “fact-check” and saying the matter would be investigated.

Zuckerberg’s reported closed-door admission of fault, however, was “not enough” for Live Action. In a statement responding to the news, the group’s founder and CEO Lila Rose said, “If Facebook wants to make this right, they need to publicly apologize for this wrongdoing.

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