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DDS exodus from Facebook begins: Jimmy Bondoc wants supporters to find other social media sites after Rappler becomes a gatekeeper

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Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) Assistant Vice President for Entertainment Jimmy Bondoc has urged his supporters to migrate to another social media platform after Facebook tapped the website Rappler as a fact checker.

In a Facebook post that has since been deleted, Bondoc said he will start a nationwide campaign to delete Facebook if the social media giant’s partnership with Rappler pushes through.

“I also assure you that I will be supported strongly,” he said.

Rappler, a commercial media outfit embroiled in controversy over alleged foreign ownership, recently announced its partnership with Facebook to review news stories shared on the social networking site.

As a fact checker, Rappler can flag stories that contain erroneous information. These articles will appear lower on a user’s news feed. People will also be informed if the post they shared was rated as fake.

Aside from Rappler, the non-profit media group VERA Files will also be reviewing stories posted on Facebook.

Bondoc’s Facebook page has been deactivated as of Saturday noon (April 14).