MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – Subject to fact-checking by Rappler and Vera Files – They were in Cloud 9, floating in their new-found power to be the Internet Police for news and information on the Facebook platform. But now, Rappler and Vera Files are very unhappy about a new announcement by the social networking giant.
The Philippine Star is reporting that Facebook is open to more fact checkers in the Philippines.
That didn’t sit well with Maria Ressa and Ellen Tordesillas.
In a joint statement released to The Adobo Chronicles, both women said that Facebook’s new plan diminishes Rappler’s and Vera Files’ exclusive power and authority to control free speech on the Internet.
”Is Facebook saying that we are not qualified and competent enoughy to be fact-checkers that it has to designate other companies and individuals?”
So far, only three people have praised the Facebook partnership with Rappler and Vera Files: Ressa, Tordesillas and Senator Bam Aquino.