MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – During a 5-hour marathon hearing at the U.S. Senate, CEO Mark Zuckerberg told lawmakers that having a paid, ad-free version of Facebook is something worth considering.
Zuckerberg’s statement lit a bulb in Senator Grace Poe’s mind. Now she wants Facebook users in the Philippines to pay in order to have access to this popular social networking platform.
Poe is chair of a Senate Committee that has been holding hearings on the proliferation of fake news in the country.
“By imposing a hefty fee to use Facebook, purveyors of fake news as well as trolls and bots will be discouraged from engaging in their deceitful practice,” Poe told The Adobo Chronicles.
Just how much is a “hefty’ fee, the Senator would not dare say.
But it will certainly save lots of taxpayer money spent on these endless yet fruitless Senate hearings on fake news.