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Wala na bang iba? PCOO opposes Facebook’s fact-check partnership with Rappler, Vera Files

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Malacañang is seeking a dialogue with Facebook to reconsider its selection of social media entities Rappler and Vera Files for a third-party fact-checking program.

Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Undersecretary Lorraine Marie Badoy said they laud Facebook’s fact-checking initiative in the country to combat the spread of false news but would like to protest the choice of the two groups.

“We would also like to register our protest at the choice of fact-checkers by Facebook and this will be on the agenda when we finally get to sit with them soon,” Badoy wrote on Facebook.

“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,” she added.

Badoy also urged stakeholders to join the government’s discussion with Facebook and make their sentiments known.

“But I hope you do so in a way that is respectful and doesn’t strip anyone of their humanity and dignity,” she said.

“In the end, our shared space is a reflection of who we are as a people. This amazing 20th century fire —the internet—is nothing more than a tool that we can choose to use for good or for grief and destruction,” she said.

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