North Carolina Senate Leader Phil Berger Facebook page has come under scrutiny since he and his staff got caught adjusting actual news headlines. In one example, he changed the News & Observer’s headline, “In HB2 repeal effort, Gov. Cooper is silent on proposed nondiscrimination law” to his own headline, “Has Roy Cooper flip-flopped on HB 2?”
After further review, Facebook found this practice in violation of its site’s policies. Berger took to Facebook shortly after some posts and comments were taken down from his page and accused Facebook and the N&O of censorship.
Other local reporters, including Alex Rose of WGHP Fox 8, shared the N&O’s story, and said modifying headlines “is misleading and erodes an independent free press.”
— Alex Rose (@AlexRoseNews) March 9, 2017