SAN FRANCISCO, California (The Adobo Chronicles, San Francisco Bureau) – For CEO Maria Ressa, being designated as a fact-checker of news on social media by no less than Facebook, is quite a feather on Rappler’s cap.
But Ressa’s pride and prejudice are about to abruptly end.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg told The Adobo Chronicles that he was rescinding Facebook’s partnership with Rappler.
It all started when Rappler published a fact-check article describing as false news an Adobo Chronicles’ post claiming that Ressa was elected president of the Foreign Correspondents Association of the Philippines (FOCAP). It was, of course a satirical piece, a spoof on Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque’s statement that Rappler, whose media license was revoked by the Securities and Exchange Commission, could still cover Malacañang as a member of FOCAP, since it was partly foreign-owned.
But when Zuckerberg saw the Rappler fact-check post, he squirmed in his seat at his FB office because he knew that The Adobo Chronicles was a satire site, registered with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
“I can’t believe Rappler didn’t do its homework,” Zuckerberg said. “What kind of fact-checker did we just partner with?”