Print Edition - 2018-04-17  |  World News Digest

Facebook fact-checkers biased: Philippines

MANILA

Apr 17, 2018-The Philippines government criticised on Monday Facebook’s choice of two independent online news platforms to help fight the spread of fake news, saying they are biased against President Rodrigo Duterte. Facebook said last week it would partner with VERA Files and Rappler IQ to launch a third-party, fact-checking programme aimed at preventing the spread of false news on the social media platform in the Philippines. But Duterte has accused Rappler, which has a reputation for its investigative reporting and its tough questioning, of trying to undermine his government, perhaps with the help of US spies, and the Securities and Exchange Commission has rescinded its operating licence for violating foreign ownership rules. Rappler continues to operate pending an appeal. Research has shown Filipinos to be among the most active social media users in the world, spending on average more than four hours a day on platforms like Facebook.

Published: 17-04-2018 09:10

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