Palace ob­jects to Rap­pler, Vera Files as FB fact-check­ers

Sun.Star Pampanga - - NATION! -

Pres­i­den­tial Spokesper­son Harry Roque Jr. said Face­book's move to part­ner with the two lo­cal me­dia en­ti­ties was the so­cial me­dia gi­ant's own "so­lu­tion" to counter the spread of false in­for­ma­tion.

He lamented that the "cho­sen po­lice of the truth," re­fer­ring to Rap­pler and Vera Files, were "some­times par­ti­san them­selves."

"There are those who are com­plain­ing that the cho­sen po­lice of the truth, so to speak, are some­times par­ti­san them­selves. And of course, this is the prob­lem with truth that can be sub­jec­tive, de­pend­ing on your po­lit­i­cal per­spec­tive," he told a press con­fer­ence.

"And that is why I com­mis­er­ate with those who ob­ject to the se­lec­tion of Rap­pler and VERA files be­cause we know where they stand in the po­lit­i­cal spec­trum," he added.

Face­book an­nounced on April 12 its part­ner­ship with Rap­pler and Vera Files to fact-check con­tent shar­ing sites to pre­vent false news from spread­ing on the popular so­cial me­dia page.

Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Un­der­sec­re­tary Lor­raine Badoy, in a sep­a­rate state­ment, said the Pres­i­den­tial Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Op­er­a­tions Of­fice (PCOO) would raise its ob­jec­tion to the choice of fact-check­ers by Face­book when it has the chance to meet the so­cial me­dia gi­ant's ex­ec­u­tives "soon."

"Ef­forts are un­der­way for both the PCOO and Face­book to sit across the ta­ble and dis­cuss and hope­fully, reach agree­ments that will get us closer to our shared goal of re­spon­si­ble and in­tel­li­gent use of so­cial me­dia," Badoy said.

"And we give our all­out sup­port to them in their ef­forts to com­bat the cre­ation and spread of false news that have poi­soned our shared space and dumbed down, if not en­cour­aged, vi­cious dis­course in our on­line com­mu­nity— and that has served no one in any good way," she added.

The so­cial me­dia gi­ant has al­ready be­gun the im­ple­men­ta­tion of stiffer mea­sures against fake news by block­ing several web­sites that are be­lieved to be ped­dling fake ar­ti­cles that are in fa­vor of the Duterte ad­min­is­tra­tion.

Some web­sites that pur­port­edly share false in­for­ma­tion and have so far been banned from be­ing shared on Face­book's news feed were Duterte News To­day and Duterte News Info, among oth­ers.

The lat­est move came fol­low­ing Face­book's re­cent ad­mis­sion that per­sonal in­for­ma­tion of 1.175 mil­lion Filipino users may have been im­prop­erly shared with controversial Bri­tish con­sul­tancy firm Cam­bridge An­a­lyt­ica.

The Na­tional Pri­vacy Com­mis­sion has an­nounced its plan to launch an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the re­ported mas­sive breach of mil­lions of Filipinos' Face­book ac­counts to look into the pos­si­ble vi­o­la­tions of im­proper shar­ing of per­sonal data of af­fected users in the Philip­pines.

Fol­low­ing the al­leged hack­ing of per­sonal in­for­ma­tion of Face­book users, Roque was not dis­count­ing the pos­si­bil­ity that some Filipinos might con­sider us­ing al­ter­na­tive so­cial me­dia site.

"The pos­si­bil­ity of shift­ing is al­ways there. Of course, there's a world­wide move­ment to delete Face­book not just be­cause of their moves in the Philip­pines but be­cause also of pri­vacy con­cerns," he said. KUWAIT -- The De­part­ment of Foreign Af­fairs (DFA) is repa­tri­at­ing a batch of 200 un­doc­u­mented Filipinos, in­clud­ing 18 in­fants be­low two years old, on Mon­day (April 16, 2018) un­der the amnesty pro­gram granted by the Kuwaiti govern­ment for Filipinos.

In an in­ter­view here at the Philip­pine Em­bassy in Kuwait, DFA Un­der­sec­re­tary Sarah Lou Ar­riola said this num­ber adds to the to­tal repa­tri­ated of 4,164 Filipinos as of April 14.

The amnesty is set to ex­pire April 22, leav­ing at least 5,000 more un­doc­u­mented Filipinos who has yet reg­is­tered for the pro­gram at risk of crack­down. Cit­ing the data from Kuwait’s Min­istry of In­te­rior, DFA said there are more than 10,000 over­stay­ing and run­away Filipinos in the Gulf state.

"We're re­ally hop­ing na may mga hum­abol pa, kasi sa tin­gin ko, be­fore 22 makaka­pag-uwi tayo ng a lit­tle less than 5,000 Filipinos [We're re­ally hop­ing there would be more that would avail of the pro­gram, and be­fore the 22nd, we can bring home a lit­tle less than 5,000 Filipinos] ," Ar­riola said.

Al­though the Philip­pine Em­bassy in Kuwait gave a dead­line on April 12 for reg­is­tra­tion, Ar­riola said no Filipinos, un­til April 22, will be de­nied from amnesty ap­pli­ca­tion.

"Ga­gawa't ga­gawa kami ng paraan para mai­habol yung exit nila [we will do our best to beat the dead­line] be­fore April 22, kasi [be­cause] af­ter that, crack­down na, manghuhuli na, ikuku­long na, then to­tal ban na sila rito sa Kuwait at may fine pa iyon [they would be im­pris­oned and fined]," she added.

The of­fi­cial said all who reg­is­tered for repa­tri­a­tion will re­ceive a PHP5,000 cash from the DFA in Manila. This, in ad­di­tion to the la­bor de­part­ment's cash as­sis­tance and the liveli­hood pack­age they can ap­ply for.

"Just to give you a rough idea, more than 1/3 of our op­er­a­tions sa DFA is go­ing to Kuwait," she said when asked how much of the As­sis­tance to Na­tion­als (ATN) fund has al­ready been dis­bursed in Kuwait repa­tri­a­tions. She con­tin­ued: "Sabi na­man ni Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte, gamitin niyo what­ever you have, so la­hat ng re­sources natin, ha­los la­hat, nakatu­tok dito [The Pres­i­dent in­structed us to use what­ever we have so our re­sources are poured here]."

Among oth­ers, Ar­riola as­sured that govern­ment agen­cies are in close co­or­di­na­tion to direct other Filipinos in la­bor mar­kets be­ing opened in other coun­tries.

"We are also do­ing the best we can to see other places like China, Czech Repub­lic para maka­pag-ap­ply rin sila [so they can ap­ply]," Ar­riola said.

From Jan­uary 29, the start of the amnesty pro­gram, Ar­riola said more than 5,000 OFWs reg­is­tered. Of this fig­ure, around 560 reg­is­tered on April 12, with still more ex­pected to ap­ply this week.

"Tin­u­lun­gan din namin ang at­ing mga ka­p­atid sa Philip­pine Over­seas La­bor Of­fice (POLO) Kuwait na mag-uwi ng mga ka­p­atid natin sa shel­ter kasi ang goal ay to bring every­one home [We are also help­ing POLO Kuwait to bring home our fel­low Filipinos in the shel­ter be­cause the goal is to bring every­one home.]," Ar­riola said.

MFace­book's ALACAÑANG on Mon­day, April 16, op­posed de­ci­sion to tap news out­lets Rap­pler and Vera Files for a third-party factcheck­ing pro­gram in an ef­fort to stamp out the pro­lif­er­a­tion of fake news among Filipino users of the so­cial me­dia plat­form.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Philippines

© PressReader. All rights reserved.