Facebook’s Top Fact Checker Denies Chinese Ties in Throwdown on Steve Bannon’s Podcast: ‘I’m from Georgia, I’m a Redneck, I’m Not a Communist from China’

Facebook’s top fact-checker denied holding ties to China and its ruling Communist Party on Tuesday, insisting in a combative appearance on Steve Bannon’s podcast that he was simply a “redneck” from Georgia.

The exchange took place during a segment with Bannon and his co-host, National Pulse Editor in Chief Raheem Kassam — who was flanked by Natalie Winters, a reporter for the outlet — and Alan Duke, a former CNN producer who founded “Lead Stories.” Duke’s website is contracted to identify “misinformation” by companies including Facebook and the video-sharing platform TikTok, which is tied to the Chinese government through its parent company, ByteDance.

Kassam kicked the interview off with a frontal assault on the relationship between Duke’s company and ByteDance,
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