SAN FRANCISCO, California (The Adobo Chronicles, San Francisco Bureau) – Facebook has withdrawn its Internet fact-checking partnership with Rappler, citing the Maria Ressa-owned online news source for lack of sense of humor.
Mark Zuckerberg announced the withdrawal just minutes after Rappler fact-checked photos of what was supposed to be a Labor Day rally in Manila. The photos had placards bearing a humorous take on demands of Labor Day rallyists (see photos). Rappler tagged both photos as ‘fake.’
”We cannot partner with a fact-checker that can’t even recognize satire, lampoon, cartoons and other forms of sarcastic and humorous art forms,” Zuckerberg told The Adobo Chronicles. “Rappler is taking its fact-checking work too seriously,” he added.
Earlier, Rappler fact-checked a satirical post on The Adobo Chronicles which made fun of Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque’s statement that Rappler could still cover Malacañang as a member of the Foreign Correspondents Association of the Philippines (FOCAP). The Adobo article claimed that Ressa was elected president of FOCAP. Rappler claimed the article to be false. (Like we didn’t already know).