Philippine Government Challenges Facebook’s Choice of Fact Checkers
Last Monday, the Duterte Administration blasted Facebook’s choice of official third-party “fact checkers” VERA Files and Rappler IQ, saying that the online news platforms were biased against the Philippine president.
Loraine Badoy, Assistant secretary at the Presidential Communications Operations Office, said that they will be protesting Facebook’s move as soon as they get to sit down with the social media company. Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque meanwhile said that they are welcoming Facebook’s decision to counter misinformation on their platform, but warned that “the chosen police of the truth are sometimes partisan themselves”.
Rappler, which has a reputation for its hard stance against the current administration, has repeatedly been accused of trying to undermine the government by Duterte and his supporters.