Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro - - Opinion -

The re­sults of the study may not di­rectly dis­cuss the se­ri­ous im­pact of fake news and trolls, nev­er­the­less it left an im­print of the pos­si­bil­ity that even teach­ers have dif­fu­culty iden­ti­fy­ing the le­git­i­macy of a par­tic­u­lar news source, how much more it can vic­tim­ize other peo­ple.

In the Philip­pines, fake news and the pro­lif­er­a­tion of an army of dig­i­tal trolls are of­ten as­so­ci­ated with po­lit­i­cal af­fil­i­a­tions. And per­haps a first in his­tory, po­lit­i­cal ar­gu­ments have also high­lighted the role of me­dia and the pur­pose of jour­nal­ism - at the brink of redefin­ing its pur­pose to so­ci­ety.

So it has come to this, in the Philip­pines, most fake news sites are as­so­ci­ated with pro-ad­min­is­tra­tion. Those sites crit­i­cal are of­ten met with pas­si­tiv­ity. In fact, most of the list of “fake news” in­clude ad­min­is­tra­tion-lean­ing sites, even these sites cat­e­gor­i­cally iden­tify them­selves as “po­lit­i­cal blogs.”

The role of the me­dia has also be­come a bat­tle­front of po­lit­i­cal le­git­i­macy. The anti-ad­min­is­tra­tion sites were en­joy­ing of less per­se­cu­tion of be­ing called “fake news,” un­til this so-called “Co­coy­gate” be­came a re­cent topic...


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