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Palace: Rappler, Vera Files can’t be Facebook watchdogs

The Palace acknowledged yesterday the need of social media platform Facebook to guard against fake news amid the data-mining scandal it had encountered but it frowned on the US-based outfit tapping of two websites which have been accused of engaging in unfair reporting as gatekeepers.
The Presidential Communi-cations Operations Office (PCOO) protested Facebook’s partnership with online news outfits Rappler and Vera Files in blocking websites perceived to be promoting “fake news.”
The result was that most of the accounts taken off by the popular social network were those considered to be Pro-Duterte.
The PCOO said the two news sites, believed to be critical against the administration, are promoting partisan views.
“We would also like to register our protest and the choice of fact-checkers by Facebook,” the PCOO said in a statement.
“This will be on the agenda when we finally get to sit with them (Facebook officials) soon,” it added.
Presidential spokesman Harry Roque rallied Mr. Duterte’s supporters to protest Facebook’s pick.
“[Die-hard Duterte Supporters (DDS)] should go berserk over Facebook telling them that the one they picked to vet fake news are the ones doing these,” Roque said.
“The users of Facebook should make known their wishes to Facebook itself, that there should be a more impartial arbiter of the truth,” he added.
Roque, in a Palace briefing, said he understands why pro-Duterte supporters felt offended by Facebook’s partnership especially with embattled Rappler.
“There are those who are complaining that the chosen police of the truths, so to speak, are sometimes partisan themselves. And of course, this is the problem with truth that can be subjective depending on your political perspective,” Roque said.
“And that is why I commiserate with those who object to the selection of Rappler and Vera Files, because they know, we know where they stand in the political spectrum,” he added.
“I would say that the effort of Facebook to counter fake news is the solution and not legislation. However, there are those who are complaining that the chosen police of the truth, so to speak, are sometimes partisan themselves and of course, this is the problem with truth that can be subjective

depending on your political perspective,” he added.

Rody followers turn Russian
Several Duterte supporters, who have tagged Rappler as “yellow” and reported fake news about the President to taint his reputation, have shifted to Russian-based social media platform VKontakte (VK) after Facebook announced its fact-checking initiative.
They also opposed the fact-checking partnership since Rappler allegedly violated the constitutional restriction on foreign ownership on mass media.
Since the partnership was announced, Facebook has started blocking websites that have supposedly been publishing fake news articles defending Duterte from critics.
Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (Pagcor) executive Jimmy Bondoc, on his official Facebook account, threatened to start a nationwide petition to delete Facebook and move to another social media website. Bondoc’s post has been deleted but screen shots were shared online.
“I will personally commence a nationwide petition to delete Facebook. I also assure you that I will be supported strongly,” Bondoc said.
Meanwhile, Paula Defensor-Knack, sister of the late Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago, also urged Duterte supporters to move to VK to bring their defense of the President and the Philippines to the international audience.
“Do not let yellows censor or fact-check you. Let’s leave them to talk to themselves and get votes. We will tell the world what is truth in another platform — this time, in Europe!” Defensor-Knack said.
Roque, however, said that Duterte supporters should make known to Facebook their displeasure over the fact-checking partnership.
“It’s the free marketplace of ideas. My advice is for the Facebook users to make their wishes known to Facebook and of course the possibility of shifting is always there,” Roque said.
Faebook compromised
Roque also pointed out that there have also been calls to delete Facebook after it was involved in a data mining scandal where personal information of more than a million Filipino users may have been shared without their consent.
“There’s a worldwide movement to delete Facebook not just because of their moves in the Philippines but because also of privacy concerns,” Roque said.

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