Facebook Classifies Post About MLK’s Murder Plot as “Fake News”

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A recent post about the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (MLK) surfaced on Instagram, which was later flagged by Facebook (Instagram’s owner) as a false report.

The Instagram link was a re-post, which was made on January 14. It was attributed to the account of a brand called Olmecian Clothing. According to Politifact, posts similar to the one made by Olmecian Clothing’s Instagram account were also shared many times on Facebook.

The Olmecian Clothing post alone garnered nearly 10,000 likes on Instagram. The company’s re-post was originally made by an Instagram account called moorinfo2.

Politifact is a journalism fact-checking publication that is owned by the Poynter Institute for Media Studies. In a report published on Politifact’s website on January 17, the fact-checking bureau discredited the widely-circulated social media posts. The posts suggested that after surviving his gunshot wound, MLK was later smothered to death in his bed by an unknown assailant at the hospital where he was officially pronounced dead.

This account of MLK’s assassination is not consistent with the official death investigation report conducted by the FBI. It is worth noting that the FBI was the leading U.S. government law enforcement agency in charge of investigating MLK’s death. Credible reports in the past have proven that the FBI was investigating MLK over 10 years prior to his death. The agency worked aggressively to vilify the slain civil rights leader in the eyes of law enforcement and the public.

Politifact covered Facebook’s flagging of the January 14 post about the more recently-adopted theory concerning MLK’s death in a way, which was obviously biased. Daniel Funke, the author of Politifact’s January 17 report, mentioned his fact-checking agency’s close relationship with the publicly-traded social media conglomerate. Funke’s report provided a link to the Facebook web page, which vaguely references Politifact as its “partner” and “third-party fact-checker.”

“The [Olmecian] post was flagged as part of Facebook’s efforts to combat false news and misinformation on its News Feed. Read more about our partnership with Facebook, which owns Instagram,” Funke also admitted in his report for Politifact.

Facebook and its “partners” at the Poynter Institute for Media Studies have written off the newly-circulating claims about MLK’s death as “false conspiracy theories.” However, authors, such as Larry Hancock, have written numerous books throughout history, which have strayed from the U.S. government’s more sanitized accounts of detailing MLK’s murder. Hancock is the co-author of a book titled Killing King: Racial Terrorists, James L. Ray, and the Plot to Assassinate MLK.

Hancock has also interviewed Gene Wheaton, a former military trainer who worked with the CIA for many years. In his well-documented conversations on the record with Hancock, Wheaton made some compelling revelations. He gave the historic author information about what he described as a government plot to kill former U.S. President John Kennedy (JFK) and his brother, former U.S. Attorney General Robert Kennedy (RFK).

“Wheaton related to the Australian Road Research Board (ARRB) that in the mid-1980s he had heard conversations among individuals who described the motives and participants in the murder of President Kennedy. The conversations involved former CIA operations (paramilitary) officers as well as Cuban exiles who had been involved in CIA activities for decades,” Hancock wrote in a 2018 report he authored along with researcher David Boylan.

It is also been revealed by Boylan, Hancock and other patriotic American historians that JFK, RFK, and MLK were all under FBI surveillance in the years, months, and days leading up to their deaths. It is also well-known that JFK, RFK, and MLK were like-minded allies in their collective pursuits of overhauling U.S. laws that legalized racial oppression. Former FBI director and COINTELPRO co-founder J. Edgar Hoover was no fan of these three men.

In closing, Facebook’s false flag label on the newly-circulating claims pertaining to MLK’s death should be well-scrutinized. The social media site’s $5 billion dollar settlement with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission in July 2019 was viewed by many as a massive bribe to the American government.

If Facebook can pay its way out of an organized criminal conspiracy case, what credibility does the tech giant have to label a claim against the very same government, which it paid billions in hush money to?