Gov’t, Facebook to meet over ‘fact-checking’ row

Dharel Placido, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Apr 19 2018 03:54 PM

MANILA - Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque on Thursday said he and several other government officials would meet with Facebook representatives to discuss the social network’s choice of fact-checkers.

Facebook last week said it would tap VERA Files and Rappler as its third-party fact-checkers, as it moved to combat the spread of false information on its platform.

This angered President Rodrigo Duterte’s supporters who accused the news organizations of bias against him.

"It is unacceptable that the fact checkers contracted by Facebook are so anti-administration. That would mean anything pro-administration would [be suspected] as fake news. Hindi naman tama iyon (That's not right)," Roque said.

Palace Communications Undersecretary for New Media Lorraine Badoy also earlier protested Facebook’s choice of VERA Files and Rappler as fact-checkers.

VERA Files and Rappler said they were chosen by Facebook partly because they are members of International Fact Checking Network of the Poynter Institute which follows certain guidelines.