MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – In less than 24 hours from Donald Trump’s signing of a new Executive Order that could spell the end for social media “fact-checkers,” Rappler CEO Maria Ressa annouced she will sue the U.S. President for violation of Free Speech.
Trump’s Executive Order seeks to strike down social media companies’ immunity from lawsuit for content posted by their users (Section 230.) The President himself uses Twitter to criticize and rant against his critics.
Ressa, a U.S. citizen who runs her online news outlet in the Philippines, is known for her own rant wanting to “take back the Internet” from Facebook and other social media users whom she labels as purveyors of fake news.
Her company Rappler is one of two Facebook-designated fact-checkers in the Philippines.
In speaking with The Adobo Chronicles, Ressa said she stands to lose a lot of money if Trump’s crusade against social media fact checkers will succeed.
“It also doesn’t bode well for my image as a poster girl for Press Freedom and a fierce critic of fake news,” she added.