Ban 'fake news' accounts, Facebook urged

Christian V. Esguerra, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Feb 13 2018 04:23 PM | Updated as of Sep 12 2018 04:43 PM

MANILA - Facebook came under scrutiny Tuesday as journalists grappled with the proliferation of false information deliberately spread on the popular social networking platform.

Facebook should "ban fake news accounts" and "get rid of all these trolls," said internet rights advocate Carlos Nazareno, who noted 94 of them exist in the Philippines as of two weeks ago.

The figure outnumbered the combined 59 international fake news sites listed on Wikipedia, said the computer programmer, who spends his time "cleaning up" false entries on the website.

"We should start holding them accountable," Nazareno told a forum in Makati.

"This is a serious problem in the Philippines so they should be transparent in their algorithms and their methods of moderation," he said.

Australian journalist Peter Greste said the public should "rethink" how Facebook now operates as a “public utility,” not just a private business.

"It needs to be regulated and controlled in a way that creates a level playing field (and) that’s transparent and open for all of us," he said.