Facebook has recently become the target of comments section protests among political supporters of a few election candidates due to its removal of content and pages that violate community standards.
The official page of Meta, FacebookFacebook’s parent company posted about its three-part strategy to combat misinformation on its platform when Filipinos flooded the post with comments riddled with accusations against Facebook’s fact-checking partners.
Meta’s strategy for fact-checking
In an April 25 statement, Meta explained that its three-pronged strategy to combat misinformation includes three steps: suppress, reduce and inform.
Its third-party fact-checking program is part of this approach.
“We work with independent third-party fact-checking partners certified by the nonpartisan International Fact-Checking Network,” Meta said.
The company pointed out that fact-checkers do not remove content or accounts themselves.
The Facebook team is the one that removes or removes content based on their rating.
“Fact-checkers do not remove content, accounts, or pages from our apps. We remove content when it violates our Community Standards, which are separate from our fact-checking programs,” Meta said.
The social media giant further stated that fact checkers can only assess posts.
It would then be up to the Facebook team to reduce the post or reach of the page.
“When a fact-checker rates content as false, we drastically reduce the distribution of that content so fewer people see it, apply warnings and misinformation labels to inform people who attempt to share it,” said Meta.
“When pages, groups, accounts or websites repeatedly share content that has been debunked by our fact-checking partners, we reduce their overall distribution,” he added.
A link to Meta’s third-party fact-checking program page was also provided on the post.
Different reactions, discussions
Some Filipinos gathered under his comment section to leave negative feedback to his chosen fact checkers in the Philippines.
“Do you really know these values of credibility, integrity and trust? Shame to hire Rappler and Vera files as fact checkers,” one user said.
“You should check the facts by your own fact checkers. Those from the Philippines are laughable. I hope our government creates laws that put you in your shoes,” another user commented.
On the r/Philippines forum, some Reddit users told critics to move to a new platform if they couldn’t bear to be corrected by facts.
“Edi huwag silang gumamit ng FB, gumawa sila nang sarili nilang social media,” one user said.
Rappler and VERA Files are signatories to the International Fact-Checking NetworkCode of Principles.
The IFCN at Poynter was launched in 2015.
To have IFCN signatory status, an organization must “regularly publish non-partisan reports on the factual accuracy of statements by prominent public figures and institutions and statements widely disseminated in text, visual and other formats focused primarily on statements related to matters of public interest. ”
Relating to the withdrawal of the ANP
Others also recalled the recent removal of some posts from the state-run Philippine News Agency and even those of its editors and publishers.
“By the way, why did you delete posts and flag posts from the Philippine News Agency? And you are doing this when we are so close to the election and without an explanation?” one user commented.
Posts from PNA were previously flagged and removed from the platform by midnight on April 23.
This incident occurred both on PNA’s main Facebook page and on posts by its editors and writers.
On Sunday, April 24, PNA posted an update stating that their page had been restored, including posts that had also been previously deleted.
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A spokesperson for Meta told Philstar.com that these restrictions were the result of its “automation system,” not its fact-checkers.
“Other Facebook Pages that have already shared these links would also have their posts flagged. We are investigating and working to resolve this issue,” Meta said. Quoted by Philstar.com as told.