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International Fact-Checking Network nominated for Nobel Peace Prize
Jan 22, 2021

While not a shortlisting for the award, IFCN Director Baybars Örsek says they see the nomination as 'an important validation of the work of fact-checkers worldwide'

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Fact-checking the falsehoods that came out of 2020
Jan 16, 2021 Vernise Tantuco, Loreben Tuquero

What – or who – were lied about on social media in 2020?
We might have spent most of 2020 at home, but that didn’t stop falsehoods and rumors from being spread on social media, in our private chat groups, and in some cases, even by public officials.


The Dictator's Playbook
June 16, 2020 Center for Humane Technology

In a podcast released by the Center for Humane Technology, Rappler CEO and Executive Editor Maria Ressa reveals, play by play, how an aspiring strongman can use social media to spread falsehoods, sow confusion, intimidate critics and subvert democratic institutions.
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When state agents promote disinformation
Oct 29, 2020 - with Video

State agents in the Philippines are consistently under scrutiny for promoting and spreading disinformation through both official and personal channels on social media.

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Anya Schiffrin on how Facebook threatens democracy
September 6, 2020

'I think it's greed. I think that it's ideology. If you have a hammer, everything looks like a nail.'
Rappler CEO Maria Ressa talks to author, professor and journalist Anya Schiffrin, who comes down hard on Facebook for abdicating its responsibility in curbing disinformation, policing election messaging and regulating political advertising.

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Who is Joie Cruz and why are Duterte fanatics and trolls attacking her?
Jene-Anne Pangue and Raisa Serafica Aug 14 2020

'It's not really fear that defines us,' says the daughter of a tireless nurse who died due to COVID-19. 'It's our courage.'
While grieving, Joie Cruz decided to speak up about her mother, Maria Theresa Cruz, a dedicated nurse from Cainta, Rizal, who died on July 22 at the age of 47 due to COVID-19.
Duterte fanatic Mark Lopez accused Joie of making false claims and using her mother's death to criticize the government. And then Lopez dragged Rappler into the fray, asking the grieving daughter about her supposed connections to the news organization. His post was shared by Mocha Uson, among others.

An open letter to Mayor Kit Nieto
Joie Cruz Aug 14 2020
'My "politics" in this fight is to make sure that the co-workers of my mom and other healthcare workers with the similar experience get the benefits that have been promised to them by the government – on time and in the promised amount'


#NoToFakeNews ("Don't ignore it, report it")
Manila Bulletin Online July 23 2020

A single click can change, dictate or overturn someone’s life. In times of crisis, wear vigilance like an armor.

Hulyen artist sounds alarm after artwork used in red-tagging post
Jul 29, 2020

The local artist behind Hulyen Comics, Julienne Dadivas, took to social media to call out a Facebook page that used and edited her art in a post that red-tagged activists.
Dadivas asked her followers to report the Facebook page "The Right Bulsuan" in a Facebook post on Tuesday, July 28.

Are we being trolled?
Ronald Del Castillo July 15, 2020

'We are first baited. Our attention is diverted, promising us something salacious and demanding our affection.'



Fake News in the Time of COVID 19
Mar 28, 2020 Bulatlat
Watch Bulatlat's first webinar titled, "Fake News" in the time of COVID-19 with UP Associate Professor and Bulatlat associate editor, Danilo A. Arao.

‘Fake news’ mainly comes from gov’t agencies, officials – UP prof
Alyssa Mae Clarin March 27, 2020
“The Duterte administration utilizes ‘fake news’ as a tool to silence dissent by spreading lies using an army of trolls, to present ‘alternative facts’ and justify the repressive policies and programs of the government.”
Fighting fake news in the time of Covid-19
Apr 16, 2020 ANC 24/7
The rapid spread of Covid-19 around the world has also seen the spread of false and misleading information, what a United Nations article calls 'disinfodemic'. Social media intelligence company Q-Search founder Roger Do shares their insights.

FALSE: Photo shows cleaned up Pasig River during Duterte's term
July 13, 2020
The photo was posted in 2011, years before Duterte was elected president


'Enough is enough': VP Robredo fights back vs 'fake news' peddlers
Jun 25, 2020 ABS-CBN News

Vice President Leni Robredo said Thursday she would go after social media users who spread fake news during the coronavirus pandemic, saying the "toxic" online environment created by trolls hurts society.

Study shows news media still reliable source amid COVID-19 'infodemic'
Michael Bueza June 25, 2020
All sources of information – from media to politicians to social media platforms – should work together to better inform the public about the coronavirus, says the lead author of a Reuters Institute study done in 6 countries

Duplicate, false accounts of U.P. students reported to surface online
June 07, 2020

Here's how you can report accounts pretending to be someone you know or someone that doesn't exist

No evidence yet reported accounts engaged in malicious activity – Facebook
Gelo Gonzales June 11, 2020
'At this time, we have not seen evidence of the reported accounts engaging in coordinated or malicious activity focused on creating fake accounts,' says Facebook

PNP asks for Facebook's help in dummy account probe
Aika Rey June 09, 2020
Police chief General Archie Gamboa says that he has ordered the PNP Anti-Cybercrime Group to investigate the proliferation of fake Facebook accounts

Will Facebook dummy account probe look at govt too? DOJ says 'all angles'
Lian Buan June 08, 2020
The DOJ promises it will not misuse user data that will be submitted to them in the course of an investigation

Makati lawmaker blocks Facebook messages on anti-terror bill vote
Mara Cepeda June 08, 2020
As users share that they were blocked, Makati City 2nd District Representative Luis Campos says his social media page managers are 'just being careful' since there are 'many trolls'

DND investigating fake Facebook accounts – Lorenzana
JC Gotinga June 08, 2020
'Of course, the cooperation of Facebook is needed,' says Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana

Users report duplicate, dummy Facebook accounts in PH
Ryan Macasero and John Tan Sitchon June 07, 2020
While initially thought to be limited to activists and journalists in Cebu and Central Visayas, duplicate accounts are reported in areas across the country

'I don’t feel safe, Facebook': After discovery of ghost accounts, users demand better account protection
Raisa Serafica June 07, 2020
Facebook users harness their own online community to report and flag these suspicious accounts

#HandsOffOurStudents trends as Filipinos call out fake accounts swarming Facebook
June 07, 2020
'The real terrorists are behind these attacks to the privacy and security of students and people who are critical of the administration's incompetence,' a netizen says

Lawmakers fear fake Facebook accounts meant for 'online tanim-ebidensiya'
June 07, 2020
'We must not allow social media to be used as a platform for identity theft, intimidation, or worse, a tool to plant bogus evidence,' says Senator Francis Pangilinan
Two opposition lawmakers denounced the proliferation of fake accounts on Facebook, warning that these accounts could be used to plant evidence against real personalities critical of the Duterte administration.

Facebook now investigating dummy Filipino accounts
June 07, 2020
Facebook urges users to 'continue reporting any accounts they believe may be inauthentic,' as alarm grows in the Philippines

DOJ cybercrime office to probe dummy Facebook accounts
June 07, 2020
Computer-related identity theft is a crime, and Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra says he's worried over the surge in fake Facebook accounts

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Fake Facebook accounts ng ilang estudyante, alumni at faculty ng U.P naglabasan
Jun 7, 2020 ABS-CBN News
Fake at duplicate Facebook accounts ng ilang estudyante, alumni at faculty ng U.P naglabasan

Pagkalat ng fake Facebook accounts pinasisiyasat
Jun 7, 2020 CNN Philippines
Ayon sa National Privacy Commission, iniimbestigahan na ng Facebook ang pagdami ng pekeng Facebook accounts.
Paiimbestigahan na rin ng Justice Department ito sa kanilang Cybercrime Office kasama ang National Bureau of Investigation at National Police Cybercrime Unit.
Makakausap natin ngayon si Justice Undersecretary Markk Perete tungkol sa fake Facebook accounts na 'yan.


‘Yung Totoo?: Fact checking ABS-CBN shutdown claims
May 20, 2020

From July 2019 to May 2020, Rappler has debunked at least 13 false posts about the issue

Gov’t platforms being used to attack, red-tag media
Pauline Macaraeg May 12, 2020

Supposedly at the helm of the Presidential Task Force on Media Security, the PCOO reposts misleading content against media from an anti-communist government page

NBI completes probe vs Mocha Uson over ‘fake news’ post
Rambo Talabong June 22, 2020 - with Video
The case against Mocha Uson now falls on the lap of the National Bureau of Investigation’s Legal Division

Mocha Uson tells NBI: Wrong PPE photo was 'honest mistake'
Lian Buan May 18, 2020 - with Video
Uson was summoned over a Facebook post that used a wrong photo of donated Personal Protective Equipment which she lifted from The Philippine Star

The Video: Mocha Uson appears before NBI to face ‘fake news’ complaint
May 18, 2020
Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) Deputy Administrator Mocha Uson on Monday appeared before the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) head office in Manila after she was summoned for sharing misleading online information on the government’s response to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.

NBI probes Mocha Uson for fake news over false PPE post
Lian Buan May 13, 2020
The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) has launched a probe into Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) deputy administrator Mocha Uson over coronavirus-related fake news.
Uson is set to appear before the NBI on May 18

The Video: Mocha Uson pinagpapaliwanag dahil sa fake news: NBI
May 13, 2020 ABS-CBN News
Pinagpapaliwanag ng National Bureau of Investigation si Overseas Workers Welfare Administration Deputy Administrator Mocha Uson dahil umano'y reklamong may kinalaman sa fake news o pekeng balita

Fact checking, free press critical amid pandemic – U.N. communications chief
Vernise L Tantuco June 23, 2020 - with Video

The deliberate spread of misinformation is putting lives at risk, says United Nations Undersecretary General for Global Communications Melissa Fleming at the opening of the Global Fact 7 conference

FALSE: Grace Poe to file bill blocking Facebook in light of ABS-CBN shutdown
May 25, 2020

Her supposed plan to block Facebook is a rehashed claim that has been debunked as early as 2018

FALSE: Archbishop Villegas says it would be better if Duterte resigned
May 21, 2020

Archbishop Socrates Villegas did not say this quote. An earlier source of this quote was a site that published fake reports.

'Hello NBI?' Angel Locsin shares death threat tweeted against her, Kim Chiu, Coco Martin
May 22, 2020 - with Video
Angel takes the 'threat' lightly as she shares a screenshot of the tweet offering a '200 million' bounty for whoever manages to off her.
The tweeter tagged GMA Network, and offered "200 million" (though he did not specify if he meant pesos) to any supporters of President Rodrigo Duterte and GMA Network who can kill Kim Chiu, Coco Martin, and Angel Locsin.
The 3 actors recently spoke up against the government's move to shut down ABS-CBN, and Angel in particular is known for being a vocal critic of the current administration

The Video: Angel Locsin, ipinaabot sa NBI ang death threat sa kanya at sa ibang Kapamilya stars
May 21, 2020 ABS-CBN News
Hindi pinalampas ng aktres ang social media post na nagbabanta sa kanya at sa mga kapwa niya artista

NUJP says Roque owes CNN Philippines, reporter an apology
May 19, 2020

'Officials who earn public ire for their pronouncements should not blame journalists who are merely doing their jobs,' says the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines

Roque won't issue public apology to CNN PH reporter
Pia Ranada May 20, 2020
'Whatever it is I owe Trish, I’ve talked to Trish,' says the Duterte spokesman, who acknowledged his error in attributing the article to reporter Triciah Terada but stopped short of apologizing to her in public

The Video: 'I don't owe them': Roque rejects NUJP call to apologize for berating reporter
May 20, 2020 ABS-CBN News
Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque on Wednesday rejected a call by the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) to apologize to a reporter he publicly berated for allegedly misquoting him about coronavirus mass testing

Harry Roque scolds reporter – the wrong one – during live briefing
JC Gotinga May 20, 2020 - with Video
In the end, the question is left unanswered: why can't government do widespread mass testing for the novel coronavirus?

During disasters, imagine a world with false news
Chay F. Hofileña January 15, 2020

Seeing citizens emailing our fact-checking team is heartening because it reflects a heightened awareness about the proliferation of “fake news” and its damaging effects especially in a disaster situation.

Robredo fact-checks Uson: Why let a fake news peddler get taxpayers' money?
Mara Cepeda January 17, 2020 - with Video
Known online propagandist and OWWA official Mocha Uson falsely claims the food packs donated by the Vice President's office to the Taal victims contained only 5 pieces of pan de sal and a bottle of water

Deep dive into the Marcos networked propaganda
February 25, 2020 - with Video

The massive propaganda and targeted disinformation produced and amplified by Marcos and Duterte fan pages, YouTube channels, and social media influencers.

This networked propaganda, which sought to alter public perception on the Marcoses, was mapped using Rappler’s Sharktank database. This has tracked over 360 pages and over 280 groups supporting the Marcoses.

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FALSE: Photo of Duterte in aerial survey of areas 'hit by Ursula' in Visayas
December 28, 2019

The photos are taken in December 2017, in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Urduja, which also went through the Visayas

Imee Marcos spreads 'tsismis': U.S. 'revokes' Lorenzana's visa too
Aika Rey January 23, 2020 - with Video

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana says he doesn't know what Senator Imee Marcos is talking about.
As if we haven't had enough of it, Senator Imee Marcos on Thursday, January 23, spread some gossip in a media forum.
In the forum, Marcos was asked about her reaction to the cancellation of the US visa of her colleague, Senator Ronald "Bato" dela Rosa. She said she's heard about it, adding that it seemed other officials have been "blacklisted" too.
There's news about that and I know that Senator Bato would not be able to go to the US. There's news that other officials like Secretary Delfin Lorenzana were blacklisted or held at the airport too.

Websites spreading disinformation make $235 million a year in ads – study
Kyle Chua August 21, 2019

Due to the complex nature of the online advertising ecosystem, advertisers are not always aware where their ads are displayed

Fake news makes people ‘remember’ false memories – study
Kyle Chua August 26, 2019
It’s even more likely for people to recall false memories if the fake news supports their political beliefs or biases

Part 1: How the Marcoses are using social media to reclaim Malacañang

Disinformation, coordinated amplification, use of an extensive network of anonymously-managed pages and groups are part of the Marcos comeback playbook

How the Marcoses are rewriting history
Messages posted on groups and pages monitored by Rappler's Sharktank typically also glorified the virtues of authoritarian rule

False narratives from the Marcos arsenal
Conclusion: For the Marcos comeback playbook, facts don't matter

All Gemma Bagayaua-Mendoza November 20, 21, 22, 2019

See a friend sharing fake news? Here’s what to do
November 15, 2019

How do you engage with people who may have fallen victim to disinformation? Here are 3 tips.
At the height of widespread propaganda operations that have polarized Filipinos on social media, how do we combat disinformation?

How to fact-check reports during disasters
by Vernise L Tantuco October 28, 2018

How do you know if an article or tweet sharing disaster-related information is true?

Taclobanons urge community to combat disaster-related hoaxes
Bianca Velasco November 28, 2019
During the #MoveTacloban forum, journalists, student leaders, and local government officials point out a rise of disaster-related hoax cases after Super Typhoon Yolanda hit the Philippines


WATCH: What's wrong with clickbait headlines?
November 04, 2019

Some misleading headlines can be funny and harmless, but they can also affect matters of public interest. Here's what you can do to keep them from spreading

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Consortium on Democracy and Disinformation calls for research proposals
October 28, 2019

The research proposal cost can range from P50,000 to P100,000, for projects on understanding disinformation and the solutions offered in relation to democracy.
Together with members from media organizations, the academe, and other civil society organizations, the consortium aims to find answers to how disinformation is produced and how it affects Philippine democracy.

Identifying a fake picture online is harder than you might think
Mona Kasra, The Conversation September 22, 2019

People who have a lot of familiarity with social media and digital imaging tools were more skeptical about the authenticity of the images, a study finds.

Data shows Senate bill does not fully address 'fake news' problem
September 14, 2019

The data shows 42% of the claims checked during the 2019 midterm elections come from the candidates themselves

Disinformation producers get paid P30M for 3-month campaigns
Gelo Gonzales August 24, 2019
Many disinformation architects are professionals from the PR and advertising industries, who have left their big firms to essentially market politicians.
Money appears to be a big motivator for individuals who’ve found themselves in the disinformation business.
That’s what one expert, De La Salle University professor Jason Cabanes, has found in his research.
FALSE: Catholic priests 'perform witchcraft' to make Duterte die
August 01, 2019
Organizers say the photos were taken during a symbolic street theater activity called 'Lamay para sa Demokrasya' in May 2018
Claim: A Facebook post showing a photo of Catholic priests supposedly doing a ritual praying for President Rodrigo Duterte's death made the rounds online.

The facts: The photo was taken out of context. A Google reverse image search reveals similar photos taken during a symbolic street theater activity called "Lamay para sa Demokrasya" – part of Coalition for Justice's (CFJ) Dasal at Ayuno faith rally – at Padre Faura Street in Manila in May 2018.

Disinformation campaigns: Thirst traps and ‘hugot’ in 2019 Philippine elections
Paige Occeñola August 08, 2019

A new study shows how online propaganda operations in the Philippines have developed new underground tactics

The changing face of fake news
Jonathan Corpus Ong, Ross Tapsell and Nicole Curato - 09 Aug, 2019
From January to May 2019, we formed a team of researchers to study disinformation tactics used by candidates running in the Philippines’ midterm election.

The Video: Disinformation in the 2019 Philippine midterm elections
August 9, 2019
Jonathan Ong, one of the authors of Tracking Digital Disinformation in the 2019 Philippine Midterm Election about new disinformation tactics and strategies in the 2019 elections.

Fake account network massively pro-Duterte – report
Victor Barreiro Jr. and Gelo Gonzales March 29, 2019

Other politicians being promoted by the pages include Bong Go, Ronald dela Rosa, Sara Duterte, Ferdinand Marcos, Imee Marcos, and Bongbong Marcos

Facebook announced Friday, March 29, it had removed 200 pages and accounts organized by Nic Gabunada, President Rodrigo Duterte's social media manager in his 2016 campaign.

Facebook takes down fake account network of Duterte campaign social media manager
Gelo Gonzales March 29, 2019
Facebook takes down 200 pages, groups, and accounts followed by millions of users

Tagle to social media trolls: Do you know how to love?
Ralf Rivas April 19, 2019
'Ang mga sinungaling, marunong ba yan magmahal? Si Hesus na nagmahal, totoo,' says Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle

The Videos:
Fake account network massively pro-Duterte, Facebook shuts down accounts!

FALSE: 'No single PCIJ article critical of Aquino, Ramos'
May 01, 2019

A quick examination of the PCIJ website shows that a number of articles critical of former presidents Benigno Aquino III and Fidel Ramos were published

Journalism is a crime in a fake world
Marthy John Lubiano May 03, 2019

The job of a journalist takes place in a world that is drugged with online disinformation and where journalism is treated like a crime

A revolution against disinformation
February 25, 2019

The challenge now is no longer to gather huge crowds at plazas to frighten a dictator and his sycophants. It is to reclaim the online public space from the disinformation monster that President Duterte himself has unleashed.

‘Don't be a headline reader’: Cagayano journalists speak up against disinformation
Marguerite de Leon March 01, 2019
Seasoned and campus journalists discuss the importance of verifying and fact-checking during the #MoveCagayan forum at Cagayan State University

Baguio journalists urge youth to help fight disinformation
March 13, 2019 - with Video

'In the battle for truth, truth is your only weapon,' says Kimberlie Quitasol, Editor-in-Chief of the 'Northern Dispatch'

Understand platforms, content to fight disinformation – experts
Sofia Virtudes March 15, 2019
#MoveDiliman, the fourth leg of MovePH’s series of forums, tackles the role of legislation in combating disinformation

Be discerning of news sources, journalists urge students
Bonz Magsambol March 17, 2019 - with Video
'You should know the legitimate media from the illegitimate ones,' says educator Marissa Balidoy at #MoveCavite

WATCH: Don't let 'experts' online fool you: Here's how
Vernise L. Tantuco Updated March 21, 2019 - with Video

Rappler reviews the 2018 headlines of The Daily Sentry, a website known for publishing false or misleading claims, to see how disinformation can spread through the abuse of the label 'expert'

Who were targets of disinformation in 2018?
Vernise L. Tantuco February 05, 2019

The Aquinos, the Catholic Church, and critics of Marcos and Martial Law, are the top targets of disinformation in the 133 claims that Rappler fact-checked in 2018

FALSE: This is a photo of Pope Francis meeting President Duterte
Agence France-Presse February 15, 2019

A photo of Pope Francis meeting Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is manipulated

Use of 'cyber troops' found in 48 countries, up from 28 last year
Victor Barreiro Jr. September 11, 2018

The University of Oxford, in a report from July titled, 'Challenging Truth and Trust:

A Global Inventory of Organized Social Media Manipulation,' aimed to inform about the further growth of misinformation and manipulation campaigns.

The Philippines has been in the report since 2016.

Russian disinformation system influences PH social media
Rappler Research Team February 01, 2019

UPDATED Russian disinformation and network systems have penetrated social media in the Philippines, tapping so-called “experts” to lend legitimacy and credibility to false information being peddled and spread online.

State-sponsored hate: The rise of the pro-Duterte bloggers
Natashya Gutierrez August 18, 2017

Pro-Duterte bloggers receive unusual privileges from the Presidential Communications Operations Office to consolidate support for the popular president and silence critics

(Some) evil was defeated
Tonyo Cruz December 28, 2018

We have to work harder to defeat more evil in 2019. Nothing is impossible if we are brave, committed, and united in the face of tyranny.
I'm referring of course to the triple defeats we dealt the evil triad of Sass Sasot, RJ Nieto, and Mocha Uson. They tried their worst this year with their unremitting fakeries, but they all failed magnificently.

Facebook bans PH company for spreading lies, fake accounts
January 11, 2019 - with Video

Twinmark Media Enterprises, the company behind Mocha Uson's favorite site Trending News Portal, was behind coordinated 'inauthentic behavior' and violated misrepresentation and spam policies

Who are behind Trending News Portal?
Don Kevin Hapal December 19, 2017
For people in their 20s, the brothers Fernando, Ken, and Mark Anthony Hicban seem to have achieved a lot already

Robredo urges Facebook to take down more 'fake' pages
January 13, 2019
Vice President Leni Robredo calls on Facebook to clean up its platform further, after it banned Twinmark Media Enterprises

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Pope Francis warns against internet 'disinformation'
Agence France-Presse January 24, 2019

'We need to recognize how social networks, on the one hand, help us to better connect, rediscover, and assist one another, but on the other, lend themselves to the manipulation of personal data,' says Pope Francis

Pope highlights pros and cons of internet and social media use
Lydia O’Kane 24 January 2019
In his message for the World Day of Social Communications 2019, Pope Francis urges responsible use of the internet, saying it should be used to liberate not to entrap.

FALSE: These are not pictures of the 'clean' hometown of President Duterte
Agence France-Presse January 11, 2019

No, these pictures do not show the ‘clean’ hometown of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte
The misleading post was shared more than 1,500 times in less than four days by a Facebook group that promotes senatorial candidate Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa, an ally of Duterte.

FALSE: These photos do not show Duterte celebrating start of 2019 in 'simple style'
Agence France-Presse January 14, 2019
No, these photos do not show Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte celebrating the start of 2019 in ‘simple’ style
Photos that have been shared hundreds of times on Facebook and Twitter at the beginning of January 2019 claim to show Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte having a “simple” New Year's celebration. A reverse search reveals, however, that the photos were taken in December 2016.

Sheila Coronel introduces Maria Ressa at the CPJ 2018 awards
November 29, 2018 - with Video

'Rappler – and Maria – stood up to Duterte. They showed how he weaponized the Internet - unleashing fake news and troll armies. They exposed police impunity in the war on drugs. They told the truth - and so made enemies'


Disinformation gone macho

When disinformation is weaponized against women, misogyny rears its ugly head

Part 2 - To be concluded: BOYS WILL BE BOYS:
Locker room talk and online harassment
Online spaces have made the locker rooms bigger – and more sinister

Both by Paige Occeñola December 15, 2018

WATCH: How to check if a report is a hoax
November 07, 2018 - with Video

Here's what you should look out for when reading news on the internet

Facebook removes pro-Duterte pages for violating policies
October 23, 2018

The network of Pages has a massive following of 4.8 million users

Tip of the iceberg: Tracing the network of spammy pages in Facebook takedown
October 27, 2018
Many of the pages in these networks have shared false or misleading articles

Malacañang shrugs off Facebook removal of pro-Duterte pages
Pia Ranada October 23, 2018
Malacañang says President Rodrigo Duterte's supporters can opt to use Twitter and Instagram to express their support for the administration

The Information and Democracy Commission: Defending free flow of truthful info
Gelo Gonzales September 18, 2018

The Information and Democracy Commission is a global initiative launched by Reporters Without Borders to build a formal multi-sectoral approach to combating misinformation and disinformation in the digital age.

What is fake news?
November 27, 2017 - with Video

It's a lot more complicated than you think

Can you tell fake news from real news?
Nile Villa March 08, 2017
How good are you at differentiating fact from fiction when it comes to news?

Fake news law can be 'dangerous'
Keb Cuevas February 12, 2018
'If the law can be loosely interpreted, at some point it will be loosely interpreted,' says former Al Jazeera journalist Peter Greste.

Can you tell the difference?
Marguerite Alcazaren de Leon and Don Kevin Hapal May 15, 2018

Just what is satire – and does one escape accountability for spreading false information by using this literary genre as excuse?

‘Journalism, F*ke News and Disinformation’: Fighting back is now mission critical
Julie Posetti June 09, 2018

Journalists need to ramp up their coverage of disinformation actors, even outside of election periods. They can partner with others, including communities, in combating pollution of the information environment.

Fighting disinformation is a community effort, say journalists
Bonz Magsambol September 24, 2018

'If fact-checking and truth-telling [are] to win against the propaganda machine, it needs the effort of the communities, the campus journalists, and the citizen journalists from the ground”

Majority of PH internet users see 'fake news' as serious issue
Victor Barreiro Jr. June 13, 2018

The numbers from them Social Weather Stations surveys in March 2018 and December 2017 indicate that respondents' perceived seriousness of the fake news issue is directly related to the frequency of their use of the internet.

Can spreading gossip or hoaxes online land you in jail?
Vernise L Tantuco August 11, 2018

It can, lawyers say, if the information you spread harms the reputation or the rights of another person

360/OS: A 360 degree experience on all things open source
June 24, 2018 - with many Videos

Building digital resilience against fake news

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Facebook, Rappler answer questions on how to build digital resilience against fake news
Jun 24, 2018

Maria Ressa on how hate is spread to silence speech
Jun 23, 2018

How artificial intelligence can detect – and create – fake news
Anjana Susarla, Michigan State University May 05, 2018

Facebook could use its partnerships with news organizations and volunteers to train AI, continually tweaking the system to respond to propagandists’ changes in topics and tactics

Duterte impersonator fools Malacañang transcribers
Pia Ranada March 19, 2018
The error leads some media to report on the words of the impersonator, thinking they were those of President Rodrigo Duterte.
Problem is, Palace transcribers seemed to think it was really the President speaking. In transcripts of the interview sent to media, transcribers from the News and Information Bureau (NIB) labeled it, "Interview with President Rodrigo Roa Duterte by Deo Macalma/Rica Herra/Isyu/DZRH."
The NIB is under the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO).
HOAX: Viral photo of SONA 2018 rally supports Duterte, Marcos
July 26, 2018

The photo is of anti-Duterte protesters along Commonwealth Avenue during President Rodrigo Duterte's 2018 SONA

Fake news from an international perspective
Gil Anthony E. Aquino February 03, 2018

Lessons can be learned from the international community in order to properly address the issue of fake news in the Philippines.

Propagandists target Catholic Church after Duterte rant vs God
Paterno Esmaquel II July 02, 2018

Over the weekend, Rappler receives nearly 30 reports about fake news on the Catholic Church. The fake news items spare no one, from Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle to Pope Francis himself.

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Who are the architects of disinformation in PH?

Rappler talks to Jason Cabañes, co-author of the report "Architects of Networked Disinformation: Behind the Scenes of Troll Accounts and Fake News Production in the Philippines."
University of Leeds professor Jason Cabañes breaks down the hierarchy in the vicious yet lucrative business of disinformation


Fake news in the Philippines: Dissecting the propaganda machine
Apr 20, 2018

In this documentary, Rappler looks into the Philippine propaganda machine – where it started and how it operates – and its chilling similarities around the world

FACT CHECK: No quo warranto petition against Duterte Cabinet
May 17, 2018

The blog post contains a video of a professor's opinions on the ouster of Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno. The Liberal Party nor the Duterte Cabinet is not explicitly mentioned in that video.
Claim: The Liberal Party (LP) will be filing a quo warranto petition against the whole Duterte Cabinet.
The facts: The source video did not specifically say that the Liberal Party would be filing a quo warranto petition against every Duterte Cabinet member.

Duterte falsely claims Hague ruling issued during Aquino presidency
Pia Ranada May 04, 2018

'Aquino filed an arbitration case, we won, he was still there. Bakit hindi niya ginawa kung 'yan ang gusto ng mga yellow?' says President Rodrigo Duterte.

President Rodrigo Duterte blamed his predecessor, Benigno Aquino III, for the artificial islands in the West Philippine Sea, claiming he did not act swiftly enough after securing a legal victory over China at the Permanent Court of Arbitration.

However, the landmark ruling was issued on July 12, 2016 or after Aquino's presidency which ended on June 30, 2016. The ruling was issued on the second week of Duterte's administration.

U.P. hosts forum on dangers of perpetuating fake news
Gari Acolola April 07, 2018

The UP forum explored how a culture of false information is propagated – from the way it is generated to the way it is spread and ultimately accepted by the public – and how to fight it!

Is the Philippines in step with Russian online propaganda warfare?
Natashya Gutierrez March 10, 2018

The same techniques detailed in Robert Mueller's Russia-Trump indictment are pervasive here and have accomplished the same goal as the Russians': sow discord


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WATCH: Disinformation and Democratic Decay Forum 2019
April 22, 2019

For the second straight year, a network of journalists, academics, bloggers, and advocates known as the Consortium on Democracy and Disinformation are holding a two-day forum on online disinformation and how to battle the spread of lies


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Democracy and Disinformation Forum

How 'fake news' and other forms of disinformation threaten our freedoms, and how to fight back.
The Democracy and Disinformation Forum, a conference for journalists, bloggers, scholars, students, advertising professionals, and PR practitioners hold on February 12 and 13, 2018 at the Ateneo Law School in Makati City.

PH media face 'oppressive, alarming' conditions – global group
Lian Buan April 16, 2019
Representatives of the New-York based Committee to Protect Journalists, who are on a visit to the Philippines, meet with Malacañang and Department of Justice officials

Trump, Russia, China media attacks 'threaten democracy'
Agence France-Presse April 25, 2018
Reporters Without Borders accuses the world's 3 superpowers – the US, China and Russia – of leading the charge against press freedom

FULL TEXT: Our fundamental freedoms
Marvic Leonen February 19, 2018
'In this era of disinformation, how can you fight for your freedom and democracy?'
This is the full text of the speech of Supreme Court Associate Justice Marvic Leonen during the Democracy and Disinformation forum at the Ateneo Law School on February 12
Look Marvic Leonen on fundamental freedoms

Media expert warns journalists against acting like 'stenographers'
Paterno Esmaquel II February 15, 2018 - with Video
'A journalist, by repeatedly reporting, accurately quoting Duterte's false claims, inadvertently becomes a peddler of fake news,' veteran journalist Ellen Tordesillas also says at the Democracy and Disinformation Forum

In fighting disinformation and trolls, silence 'cannot be an option'
Keb Cuevas February 14, 2018 - with Video
From Wikipedia to Facebook, how do we fight back against trolls, 'fake news' and historical revisionism?

How Duterte supporters swarmed the ICC Facebook page
Raisa Serafica February 14, 2018 - with Video
'All the posts of the past two days have been swarmed and attacked by Filipino trolls – every single post. It is crazy and it is full of non-sequiturs,' says computer programmer Carlos Nazareno

Strong journalism in the age of strongmen
February 14, 2018 - with Video
Currently a journalism professor at the University of Queensland in Australia, Greste was arrested by the Egyptian authorities for terrorism-related charges for his work as a journalist in 2013


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Disinformation and Online Threats
Apr 22, 2018

The forum, organized by Rappler and the Journalism for Nation Building Foundation (JNBF) in partnership with the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB) Department of Social Sciences and Department of Development Journalism, aims to explain the nature of disinformation online and to highlight the role of a free and independent press in preserving democracy

Journalists on fighting fake news: Be more discerning, take a stand
Bonz Magsambol April 24, 2018
Panelists at the #FactsMatterPH forum held in Laguna share their thoughts on how ordinary citizens can take part in preventing the spread of disinformation online.

Journalists should always stand up against fake information
Raisa Serafica February 12, 2018

Aside from debunking fake news, media organizations must learn from how the disinformation armies package and amplify their messages.

The Video
Journalists should always stand up against fake information by Love KIMXI in the above album

FACT CHECK: Kuwait did not apologize over diplomatic row
May 02, 2018

A blog post claiming that Kuwait has apologized to President Rodrigo Duterte over a diplomatic row

Rappler statement on Bong Go's 'fake news' accusation
February 19, 2018

Is 'fake news' the new defense of public officials against public scrutiny?


DOCUMENTS: How Bong Go is linked thrice to frigates deal
Carmela Fonbuena February 19, 2018
The big-ticket modernization project of the Armed Forces of the Philippines is embroiled in controversy following the ouster of former Philippine Navy chief Vice Admiral Ronald Mercado in December 2017

Rappler's Pia Ranada barred from entering Malacañang Palace
February 20, 2018 - with Videos
4th UPDATE The incident happens a day after the Senate hearing on the Navy frigates deal where Special Assistant to the President Bong Go accused Rappler of churning out 'fake news'

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NUJP to Duterte: 'Shame on you for displaying extreme pettiness'
February 20, 2018
The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines says President Rodrigo Duterte 'has acted much like a petulant child throwing a fit' when he banned Rappler's Pia Ranada from Palace coverage.

Duterte himself banned Rappler reporter from Malacañang coverage
February 20, 2018
UPDATED President Rodrigo Duterte orders the head of Malacañang's Internal House Affairs Office to ensure that Rappler CEO Maria Ressa and reporter Pia Ranada cannot enter the Palace

Roque: Rappler still allowed to cover Malacañang events, says Medialdea
Pia Ranada February 20, 2018
Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque says an official's personal 'dislike' for specific reporters is not a valid reason to bar them from entering the Palace

Rappler to Malacañang: Don't use power to obstruct
February 20, 2018
We encourage the government to answer these uncomfortable questions and avoid using its immense power to obstruct and harass.

AboutPhilippines says: Important to read ALL links in the articles

Pope rails against 'fake news'
Agence France-Presse January 25, 2018

'We need to unmask what could be called the 'snake-tactics' used by those who disguise themselves in order to strike

'Put a stop to fake news’ – Cardinal Tagle
Mara Cepeda March 29, 2018
On Maundy Thursday, Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle says Catholics are 'not called and consecrated to bring fake news, only Good News, especially through the integrity of our lives'

Silent No More PH

Speak out with courage. Find freedom in your voice. Choose truth as the only sound bite. Help us fight LIES by spreading the TRUTH!

Chief disinformation architects in the PH: Not exactly who you think
Jonathan Corpus Ong and Jason Cabanes February 11, 2018

Understanding that fake news is the professional product of advertising and PR strategists means we need to challenge the broader system that has not only normalized political deception but made it financially.

Poe on bill vs 'fake news': Hold gov't officials to higher standard
Michael Bueza February 10, 2018
Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque says her bill is 'unconstitutional' and 'singles out' public officials. Senator Grace Poe calls his interpretation 'tragic.'

Why do Filipino netizens troll?
Katerina Francisco August 27, 2017 - with Video

A sociology paper examines some of the reasons why Filipino social media users behave aggressively online – when they can be normally civil people offline.

Why worry about Filipinos online being 'most ignorant'?
Natashya Gutierrez February 08, 2018
The results of a 2017 Ipsos survey on the Perils of Perception may explain in part Filipinos' aggressiveness on social media and the quick spread of fake news.

From Korean idol group to Duterte Supporters on Facebook?
Paige Occeñola February 09, 2018

A fan group for a South Korean actor is renamed 'President Duterte Supporters'. But there might be more to the story.
A fan group for a South Korean actor was renamed to "President Duterte Supporters"
The administrator responsible for the name change appears to be an active member of other pro-Duterte, pro-Marcos groups as well.
The red flag was raised by a Facebook post by Karla Obispo after a group that she is a part of, originally intended for fans of South Korean actor Kim Soo-hyun, was suddenly changed to "President Duterte Supporters".

NUJP slams Roque as 'fake news peddler'
February 09, 2018
NUJP says Roque 'has acquired a penchant for accusing media of making him look bad by doing what they ought to - reporting his pronouncements accurately with the proper context and background'
Duterte is no. 1 source of fake news
Camille Elemia January 30, 2018 - with Video

'The worrisome part of this is that most of the sources of disinformation is being perpetrated by government officials on taxpayers’ money,' veteran journalist Ellen Tordesillas tells a Senate panel probing the proliferation of fake news.


Clarissa David on fake news and disinformation
January 18, 2018
What can be done to stem the tide of disinformation?
'Fake news', a most difficult dilemma
Jan 26, 2018
Professor Clarissa David of the UP College of Mass Communication explains the spread of disinformation and misinformation in social media, its impact online and offline, and the steps we can take to address it.

'Fake news' and the dilemma it has created
January 26, 2018 - with Video
UP professor Clarissa David explains the spread of disinformation and misinformation on social media, its impact online and offline, and the steps we can take to address it

Spread of fake news meant to silence, intimidate critics
Camille Elemia January 30, 2018 - with Video
'Social media provided cheap armies to potential authoritarian and dictators to control and manipulate public opinion,' says Rappler CEO and Executive Editor Maria Ressa.

IMPORTANT read ALL links in the article


'Fake news', napiling word of the year

Tinaguriang "Word of the Year" ng isang English dictionary ang "fake news." Tiwala naman ang ilang eksperto na dahil sa lumalawak na kamalayan tungkol sa fake news, matututong maging mas mapanuri ang publiko sa mga nakikitang impormasyon. I-Bandila mo, Miguel Dumaual. - Bandila, Biyernes, 3 Nobyembre, 2017

WARNING: Impostor pretending to be Rappler's news editor
January 11, 2018

It came to our attention that a certain Maricia Sunga contacted the Office of the Vice President, pretending to be Rappler's news editor.
Be advised that no one by that name is employed by or in any way connected to Rappler. Get to know the team behind Rappler here.

FAKE: Comparison of 2015 and 2017 World Press Freedom Index reports
Stacy de Jesus December 23, 2017

A propaganda Facebook post by VovPH is spreading disinformation against Rappler and Maria Ressa. Again.


Leloy Claudio: 5 ways to shield yourself from fake news
January 11, 2018

How to deal with fake news and disinformation? Here are some suggestions.
Fake news and disinformation has reached crisis proportions all over the world. History teacher Leloy Claudio gives us 5 tips to identify – and shield ourselves from – fake news.


Senate hearing on fake news
October 4, 2017

The Senate committee on public information and mass media chaired by Senator Grace Poe conducts a hearing on the proliferation of fake, misleading news and false information

Senate hearing on fake news
31 January 2018

Senate hearing on fake news
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'We can't be arbiter of truth': Why Facebook won't shut down fake news
Social media giant Facebook on Thursday said it has no policy on taking down "fake news" as it cannot lay claim to the power to judge what is true from what is not.

Poe, Roque clash on bill prohibiting officials from spreading fake news
Camille Elemia March 15, 2018
Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque opposes the bill penalizing government officials for spreading misinformation, but Senator Grace Poe says public servants must be held to a higher standard.

Mocha runs blog on her own? Why was it 'live' as she spoke?
Paterno Esmaquel II October 05, 2017
On Facebook, Mocha Uson Blog rebroadcasts video from PTV while Uson – who claims that she alone handles her blog – is seated in a 5-hour Senate hearing on fake news

'Unapologetic' fake news spreaders an 'insult' to gov't officials
Mara Cepeda October 05, 2017
Vice President Leni Robredo did not mince words against pro-administration bloggers turned government officials who have been caught spreading false information online.
Robredo did not mention any names, but she said those who were invited to Wednesday's Senate hearing on the spread of fake news were “unapologetic” and “arrogant.”

Grace Poe praises Thinking Pinoy for 'excellent research, neutrality'
Camille Elemia October 04, 2017
'So I hope you keep the neutrality. Like if you're in a board, you can be an independent director. You can be in government but an independent consultant.'

NUJP hits Thinking Pinoy blogger RJ Nieto as 'barefaced liar'
October 04, 2017
The National Union for Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) called Thinking Pinoy blogger Rey Joseph Nieto a "barefaced liar" following the Senate hearing on fake news and misinformation online on Wednesday, October 4.

Tagging fake news on Facebook has minimal effect
Gelo Gonzales September 15, 2017

Some may even become more likely to misconstrue fake news as true

Fake news, bad views, and society’s loss

'How should fake news be regulated? Are new criminal and civil laws needed to address this problem?'

First of two parts

Part two:
Confrontation at the Senate

'To defeat fake news and bad views, we must also understand how we got to where we are now'

Both by Dean Tony La Viña October 15-16, 2017

FACT CHECK: Did Inquirer say man in 'Pietà' photo was killed by PNP?
Paterno Esmaquel II October 26, 2017

The Philippine Daily Inquirer has reported that suspected drug pusher Michael Siaron was killed by 'motorcycle-riding gunmen'
Defenders of the Duterte administration claimed that the Philippine Daily Inquirer (PDI) erred in reporting that the police executed Michael Siaron, the slain drug suspect in PDI's viral Pietà banner photo last year.
This claim is a lie.

What you need to know about #Cocoygate
by Paige Occeñola October 13, 2017

During the Senate hearing on fake news, Cocoy Dayao is named as the man behind several sites critical of the administration

Duterte falsely claims CIA funds Rappler
Paterno Esmaquel II October 12, 2017 - with Video

Contrary to President Rodrigo Duterte's assertion, Rappler is 100% Filipino-owned, and the CIA is not one of its funders

TIMELINE: Tracing BIR's tax complaint against Rappler Holdings
Chrisee Dela Paz April 17, 2018
Here's a timeline of events surrounding the Bureau of Internal Revenue's tax evasion complaint against Rappler

6 ways to spot a fake news article
October 04, 2017 - with Video

Here are some tips to determine if a news article is fake or not

Presidential Spokesman Facebook account posts troll-like comment
October 27, 2017
The 'Office of the Presidential Spokesperson' Facebook account, a verified one, commented at around 11:30 am, 'si pia at si lourd devera pantay na sa kakupalan' (Pia and Lourd Devera have the same level of thick skin.)
It is notable that the tone used in the comment is similar to the one used by trolls, as it uses coarse language with an apparent intent to spread malice. The comment has since disappeared from the feed's comments section.
Lies Tatay Digong told me
September 25, 2017

While leadership is situational, integrity isn't

Senate bill seeks jail time for gov't officials spreading fake news
Camille Elemia June 22, 2017

Under Senate Bill 1492, any person found guilty will be punished with a fine ranging from P100,000 to P5 million and one to 5 years imprisonment, while public officials will be subjected to stiffer penalties.

Duterte oks higher fines for fake news
Pia Ranada September 01, 2017
The publication of false news now comes with a fine of P40,000 to P200,000 from the previous fine of just P200 to P1,000
Spread fake news and be ready to pay heavier fines.
This is provided for in a newly-signed amendment to the decades-old Revised Penal Code.

"AboutPhilippines" asks: Do you think, this will be also for his administration - friends?????

the Video: The spread of fake news
Aug 12, 2017
Anti-Fake News Act author Sen. Joel Villanueva presents the elements of fake news, and the fines and penalties that people who spread fake news can be charged with.


Fake news in the Philippines
Published on Apr 26, 2017

Fake news has proven to be influential in the U.S., but it may be even more powerful in the Philippines, where technology and celebrity make people vulnerable to false reports

A sea change for news
Vergel O. Santos September 02, 2017
Today, fake news swamps us. How to deal with it?


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'Truth' in the age of social media
Nov 28, 2016

Historian Manolo Quezon joins Mornings@ANC on Monday to answer, is there really no longer a thing as 'the truth' in the age of social media?

Wrong info leads Duterte to threaten EU diplomats
Paterno Esmaquel II October 12, 2017

Wrong information led President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday, October 12, to threaten to expel diplomats of the European Union (EU) within 24 hours.
Malacañang itself admits that President Rodrigo Duterte was reacting to a foreign delegation that does not represent the EU.

Robredo urges millennials to fight misinformation
Patty Pasion January 26, 2017

'We can never base our judgments and our prejudices on information that are not true,' says Vice President Leni Robredo

Senator Bam Aquino calls on public to fight misinformation online
Aika Rey December 09, 2016

Senator Aquino also cautioned against the spread of fake news on a large scale at a forum organized by the Asia Society and INCITEGov

Over 5,000 campus journalists say 'no' to fake news
Zak Yuson January 23, 2017

The annual journalism competition for elementary and high school students kicks off in Pagadian City in Zamboanga del Sur province.

Tech firms must do more against 'fake news' – Apple boss
Agence France-Presse February 11, 2017

'Too many of us are just in the complain category right now and haven't figured out what to do,' says Apple chief executive Tim Cook

Palace media slam Andanar over 'misreporting' tirade
Pia Ranada January 18, 2017

'We are disturbed by the propensity of the officials of this administration to blame the media whenever the inflammatory statements of the President stir controversy or draw flak,' says the Malacañang Press Corps.

Wanted: Truth police
Vergel O. Santos July 01, 2017

If anyone should take up police duty against fake news,
it is us news people ourselves

IMPORTANT How can we trust PNP?

Does Justice Secretary Aguirre believe in fake news?
February 25, 2017
Aguirre seems set to hold the record for a Philippine justice chief with the most number of 'unsubstantiated' public pronouncements at a given time.
What does Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II do with information that he believes to be true, but authorities have dismissed as otherwise?
He stands by it!

Youth group seeks penalty for 'fake news king' Aguirre
July 05, 2017

A GROUP composed of youths, student leaders, netizens and other concerned citizens filed Wednesday, July 5, before the Office of the Ombudsman an administrative complaint for breach of the code of ethical conduct against Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II.

Aguirre, inireklamo ng 'millennials' sa pagpapakalat ng fake news
Naghain ng ethics complaint sa Ombudsman ang isang grupo ng kabataan laban kay Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre na binansagan nilang 'hari ng pekeng balita'. Tumanggi naman munang magkomento si Aguirre habang hindi pa niya nababasa ang buong reklamo.

Mocha Uson on defensive over misleading Marawi photo from PCOO-managed page
Stacy de Jesus October 23, 2017

Mocha Uson, an assistant secretary at the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO), on Sunday, October 22, posted a photo of a clean and calm Marawi, with a caption saying, "Grabe naman ang bilis naman kumilos ng gobyerno." (Impressive how fast our government works.)
The photo, however, was not taken after Marawi City was declared “liberated” by President Rodrigo Duterte on October 17.

It was a photo taken by Rappler correspondent Bobby Lagsa on May 25, 2017 – the 3rd day of the Marawi siege.

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What I learned from being featured by the Duterte online machine
Cecilia Lero October 10, 2017

The author shares her observations from the comments sections where a photo of her holding a placard saying 'I am a drug user. Papatayin mo ba ako?' was posted.
On the evening of September 21, I started receiving worried messages from friends. A pro-Duterte Facebook page had shared my photo with the hashtag #ManlabanParaSaKarapatanNgMgaDurugista. By the next evening it had been shared by other pages and collectively garnered tens of thousands of reactions.

President Duterte, dismantle your propaganda machine
June 05, 2017

It stokes the flames of a highly divisive issue like martial law. It also empowers trolls, poisons the well and lowers our collective IQ and EQ
We don't need fake photos that show Vietnam combatants passed off as Philippine soldiers from the Philippine News Agency. We don’t need fake photos showing Honduras police instead of the Philippine military from newly minted communications assistant secretary Mocha Uson.

Part 1:

Part 2:

For anti-Duterte netizen, online troll attacks turn into real-world nightmare

EXCLUSIVE: The Philippine National Police files a criminal complaint against Willyn Trabajador, whom they accuse of posting a bomb threat against the President's followers. But Trabajador insists her account was cloned.


Who posted bomb threat? Police affidavit against anti-Duterte netizen misses crucial details

The police accuse Willyn Trabajador of posting a bomb threat against the President, but the criminal complaint they filed against her raises more questions than answers.

Both by Natashya Gutierrez September 15 - 16, 2017

Duterte says online defenders, trolls hired only during campaign
Pia Ranada July 25, 2017

President Rodrigo Duterte calls the University of Oxford, which released a study about social media manipulation, 'a school for the stupid people'
A study by academics from the University of Oxford claims Duterte's camp paid US$200,000 or P10 million for a social media campaign in which volunteers and paid persons or groups used social media accounts to promote him or defend him against critics.

PH, 27 other countries use 'cyber troops' to manipulate opinion
Gelo Gonzales July 25, 2017

A University of Oxford study says one trait of cyber troops in the Philippines is individual targeting, which is 'used to silence political dissent online' and often leads to 'real-life threats and reputational damage'

Social media in the time of Duterte
Paige Occeñola July 01, 2017

Within the first year of President Duterte’s administration, he has not been remiss in expressing his thanks to the community that has been instrumental to his success.

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'We deserve better': #FireMocha tops local Twitter trends
August 22, 2017

Netizens call for the ouster of PCOO Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson.
#FireMocha hits the number one spot on Twitter after people began calling out for the removal of Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson from her post.

'Fake news queen': Netizens slam Mocha Uson for playing victim
October 04, 2017
'Andito ako para suportahan ang hearing na ito dahil ako po ay biktima ng fake news', Communications Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson says at the Senate hearing on fake news

Asec or blogger? Choose only one, Nancy Binay tells Mocha Uson
Camille Elemia October 04, 2017
Senator Nancy Binay reminds Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson that all government officials are bound by the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees

Mocha Uson says rules on fairness don't apply to her
Camille Elemia October 04, 2017
'I'm a blogger, not a journalist,' Communications Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson tells Senator Paolo Banigno Aquino IV, when he asks if she ever tried to get the side of people she has attacked in her blog

Mocha Uson: 'Ako po ay biktima ng fake news'
Camille Elemia October 04, 2017
Despite repeated allegations of spreading fake news, Communications Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson claimed she is a “victim” of such practice, too.

Trillanes to sue Mocha Uson for spreading fake news
Camille Elemia September 11, 2017

Despite prohibition, Mocha Uson performs at Resorts World casino
Pia Ranada September 06, 2017
A memorandum circular prohibits government officials from entering casinos 'in view of its negative effect on the public perception of government service'.
Memorandum Circular Number 6 states that if any government official or personnel enters a casino, it will be considered "conduct prejudicial to the best interest of the service."

Andanar 'looking into' Uson's prohibited entry in casino bar
Pia Ranada September 07, 2017
Malacañang says PCOO officials must comply with the prohibition and says it is up to Secretary Andanar to address the issue

'Oust Mocha' Uson petition circulates online again
September 25, 2017

The petition, started by Kremlin Pandaan, now has over 36,000 signatures as of Monday, September 25
After the #FireMocha campaign, a new petition is now circulating online to call for the removal of entertainer-turned-blogger Margaux "Mocha" Uson as Presidential Communications and Operations Office (PCOO) Assistant Secretary for Social Media for allegedly spreading fake news.

Asec Mocha Uson herself spreads fake news, says Nancy Binay
Camille Elemia September 20, 2017

'How can you fight fake news kung may instances na nanggagaling mismo sa isang Asec yung fake news?' Senator Nancy Binay asks Communications Secretary Martin Andanar.
Senators raised this issue against Communications Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson, with Senator Nancy Binay saying the battle against fake news is difficult because of the dancer turned government official.

FAST FACTS: What you need to know about the Philippine News Agency
Jodesz Gavilan August 10, 2017

There are at least 3 known boo-boos the PNA has committed in 2017 alone, with two of them happening in the month of May.

Philippine News Agency's story on labor dep't uses Dole pineapple logo
August 11, 2017

For its latest mistake, the beleaguered PNA uses the wrong logo in its story about the Department of Labor and Employment's pay rules for 2018 holidays

'Puro Nalang Aberya': Netizens react to Philippine News Agency's latest blunder
August 12, 2017

Dole quickly became one of the trending topics in the Philippines on Friday night.

The real threat called Alternative Facts
February 27, 2017
The nation is under siege from the likes of Vitaliano Aguirre II and Martin Andanar, who have mastered the art of peddling lies and brewing conspiracies.

Defend the Republic! One Flag, One Nation! No to Destabilization!

FACT-CHECK: Aguirre uses old photo to tag opposition lawmakers in Marawi crisis
Lian Buan and Carmela Fonbuena June 07, 2017

The photo of the alleged plotters turns out to have been taken in 2015 at the Iloilo Airport, and not weeks before the Maute crisis erupted.
In the thick of war in Marawi, Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre on Wednesday, June 7, stirred a hornet's nest.
He insinuated to reporters in Manila that opposition lawmakers Senator Benigno “Bam” Aquino IV, Senator Antonio Trillanes IV, and Magdalo Reprsentative Gary Alejano may have had something to do with the attack of terrorist groups in the city.

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Robredo slams Aguirre for using fake news on Marawi conflict
Jun 13, 2017
Vice President Leni Robredo took a rare potshot at a member of President Duterte’s Cabinet on Tuesday, calling out Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre for spreading fake news and eroding the public’s trust in his department.

Independence from Vitaliano Aguirre II
June 12, 2017
As we celebrate Independence Day, we ask to be free – free from the justice secretary’s spin, lies, and conspiracies.
The tragedy of Vitaliano Aguirre II’s recent lie is not so much his refusal to bow in shame for it, it is the sorry fact that we are his captive audience, desperate to be liberated from his alternative truths but stuck in a country that has him for justice secretary.

Vitaliano Aguirre: 'Fake news king' to opposition, 'bright boy' to Duterte
Lian Buan June 11, 2017
Aguirre says he would have wanted to settle for a quiet life, take care of his 6 grandchildren, tend to his bonsais, and resume scuba diving, but service beckoned.

NUJP to Aguirre: Media won't be scapegoats for your 'lies'
June 09, 2017
'Trying to blame others for your blunders unmasks you as a mean-spirited coward,' the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines tells Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II

No public apology yet from Aguirre for fake news
Lian Buan June 09, 2017
The Palace says Aguirre still enjoys the 'full trust' of President Rodrigo Duterte
Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II has not made any public clarifications, more so a public apology – at least not yet – as of Thursday, June 8.

Philippine News Agency uses Vietnam photo in Marawi siege story
Stacy de Jesus May 29, 2017
This is the second known mistake committed by the state-run news agency in May 2017.
The story titled "Urban warfare a challenge for soldiers in Marawi" was accompanied by a photo of a soldier holding a gun while patrolling in a poverty-stricken area.
Searching the source of the image, however, will lead you to Wikimedia Commons. According to the media repository platform, the original file name of the image is Vietconghunt.jpg and was described as "Troops of 'A' Company, 1st Air Cavalry Division, checking house during patrol."

PNA sorry for wrong photo; Mocha Uson on the defensive
Pia Ranada May 30, 2017
While the state news agency says it will review its procedures, PCOO official Mocha Uson says those who called her out for using the photo of Honduran police should 'use their common sense'

FACT CHECK: PCOO's Mocha Uson shares wrong photo of PH army
Stacy de Jesus May 30, 2017
This is not the first unverified image that the PCOO Assistant Secretary has shared.
She wanted to rally support for troops in their fight against terrorists in Mindanao, but in doing so, newly appointed government official Mocha Uson is caught yet again sharing an unverified image.


Andanar hides from media after new PCOO blunders
Pia Ranada June 01, 2017 - with video
Despite telling Presidential Spokesman Ernesto Abella he would take questions from Palace reporters, PCOO chief Andanar chooses to evade the media and stays silent on new gaffes from his office.
Look the video in HD HERE

The above links and above: HERE and HERE

Photo used by Duterte camp to hit critics taken in Brazil,


Camille Elemia August 29, 2016

Critics accuse the President's supporters of misleading the public for posting a photo of a 9-year-old girl who was raped and murdered in Brazil in 2014
Supporters of the administration have also spread the photo online, with other netizens sharing it as well. It turns out, however, that the photo was not even taken in the Philippines.

This is not the first time fake items and news headlines have spread online, purportedly favoring the President.

God Bless you & Many regards
"A Balikbayan family"
far away from the beloved Philippines

We will forever fight for - defend Human Rights - Freedom for Speech and Press and against Fake News

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