MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – Well, forget about the glitch that hit the Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI). That was nothing compared to a major technical foul-up that listed Rappler and Inquirer as fake websites.
It happened in a Facebook App (Fakeblok) recently launched by the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP), in partnership with the Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility (CMFR) which was supposed to warn netizens that what they are reading on social media is fake or satire.
While The Adobo Chronicles was correctly listed as satire, both Rappler and Inquirer were included in the list of fake websites, along with others like ‘ Pinoy Trending News,’ ‘News Trend PH’ and ‘Asian Policy Press.’
When contacted by The Adobo Chronicles, the board of NUJP — composed largely of Inquirer staff — said that it didn’t know how the glitch happened or who was responsible for the technical fiasco.
Many netizens who noticed the glitch however said that the listing and description on the error page seemed accurate for both Rappler and Inquirer.
NUJP and CMFR are working 24/7 to correct the glitch.