Rappler Refuses To Fact-check Al Jazeera And The Guardian Stories On Maria Ressa’s Arrest

MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – We all know that Rappler and Vera Files have been designated by Facebook as the giant social media network’s fact-checking partners in the Philippines.  The partners are supposed to correct any misinformation spread on social media.

But when Al Jazeera and The Guardian published stories claiming that Rappler CEO Maria Ressa was released from jail because of “outcry” and “condemnation” from Filipinos, Rappler refused to fact-check the stories.

So, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg reached out to The Adobo Chronicles for help with regards to the Al Jazeera and Guardian stories.

The Adobo Chronicles obliged and sent this message to Zuckerberg:

”Ressa was released from jail not because of any outcry or condemnation from Filipinos.  Rather, the Philippine government was just following the Rule of Law which gives Ressa the right to post bail for her temporary release from prison.”

Facebook is still awaiting if Vera Files will do any fact-checking on these stories.



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