MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – In an effort to do a better job fact-checking fake news and information on social media, Rappler announced today that starting immediately, it will be closely monitor the Facebook accounts of senior citizens and the Yellowsl
Rappler’s move came in the wake of a new study that showed Facebook users aged 65 plus and conservatives were more likely to share fake news on the platform than younger or more liberal counterparts.
The study, published on Wednesday, was conducted by researchers from Princeton University and New York University. They analyzed the Facebook posts of nearly 1,200 people who agreed to share their data in the aftermath of the 2016 US presidential election.
”This is an eye-opener for us, “ Rappler CEO Maria Ressa told The Adobo Chronicles, adding “All this time we thought the millennials and DDS (Duterte supporters) were the ones spreading fake news and information on Facebook.
Ressa also took the opportunity to apologize to The Adobo Chronicles for previously tagging the satire news site as “fake news.”
Rappler is one of Facebook’s Philippine partners in fact-checking news and information posted and shared on social media. The other partner is Vera Files.