Tiglao slams Facebook, Google for letting Bikoy’s lies linger: Fact checker Ellen Tordesillas even promotes ‘Ang Totoong Narco List’
Arroyo-era Cabinet Secretary Rigoberto Tiglao believes the controversy over Peter Joemel Advincula, the man claiming to be the whistleblower Bikoy in “Ang Totoong Narco List” video series, is a wake up call for the government to think how social networking sites are complicit in spreading lies.
In his May 29 column for the Manila Times, Tiglao backed the move of businessman Elizaldy Co in suing Facebook Philippines and Google Philippines, which operates YouTube, for P1.1 billion over their failure to take down the an episode of “Ang Totoong Narco List” dragging his company into the illegal drug trade despite repeated demands from his camp.
Advincula surfaced at Camp Crame last week to retract the allegations he made in the video, including the claim that President Rodrigo Duterte, some businessmen and politicians are involved in the illegal drug trade.
Tiglao said Facebook and Google cannot claim ignorance in refusing to take down any or all of the “Ang Totoong Narco List” considering that no less than Duterte talked about it publicly.
“It is impossible for Facebook and YouTube not to have noticed the libelous allegations, in which their social media platforms served as the mechanism for their dissemination, not just here but world-wide,” he said.
Tiglao believes the two social networking giants are complicit in spreading the malicious and false statements in the videos, noting that no less than journalist Ellen Tordesillas, the president of the Facebook appointed fact-checker Vera Files, even encouraged people to watch “Ang Totoong Narco List.”
“It is indeed so appalling that an anonymous Bikoy would claim without any basis at all that a businessman is a drug lord, with that slander viewed and heard by probably more than 100,000 people viewing his allegation in YouTube, and the accusation having to be reported by traditional media with another 200,000 as its audience. No way can YouTube and Facebook claim they are not involved in this vile deed,” he said.
“Isn’t it quite ironic — or maybe they’re just demonstrating their Yellow feathers — that Ellen Tordesillas, the head of Vera Files, which is one of Facebook’s ‘fact-checkers,’ strived to get people to view the Bikoy videos, which turned out to be a colossal case of the fakest news? She even tried hard to sell the videos to the country, claiming that they were reporting the truth that the allegations there were, in her words, ‘riveting’?” Tiglao added.