MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – When you bite the hand that feeds you, you could very well lose your source of food.
This is what could happen to Rappler after its CEO Maria Ressa attacked Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg during a special edition of ‘TIME100 Talks,” hosted by Prince Harry.
In that interview, Ressa said that Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and Zuckerberg are “on the same page” when it comes to threats to Philippine Democracy, accusing Facebook and other social media platforms of abdicating their responsibility in protecting the public sphere from misinformation.
Rappler is one of two factcheckers designated by Facebook in the Philippines. Rappler’s factchecker status is now in jeopardy as Zuckerberg is reportedly furious at Ressa for shaming him in front of no less than the Duke of Sussex!
Will Zuckerberg hand Ressa the pink slip soon?
As for the rest of the interview with Prince Harry, nothing much came out of Ressa’s mouth except her usual template rhetoric of “weaponizing the law,” “a lie told a thousand times becomes the truth,” holding the line,” etc. As expected she also heralded her being a journalist for many years, covering war stories, as well as the criminal lawsuits, arrests and conviction she has faced.