Facebook slams Pangilinan: We take misinformation very seriously

Leading social media networking site Facebook emphasized its statement about the spread of misinformation, after Senator Francis Pangilina...

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Leading social media networking site Facebook emphasized its statement about the spread of misinformation, after Senator Francis Pangilinan sought penalty against social media platforms for letting fake news proliferate.

Facebook said in its statement,

“We take misinformation very seriously. Our goal is to connect people with the stories they find most meaningful, and we know people want accurate information.”

Meanwhile, Pangilinan has filed Senate Resolution 271, which dictates different committees to look into the proliferation of fake news sites and to determine if Republic Act 10175 known as the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012, as well as other pertinent laws, should be amended.

In the resolution, it has been noted that Facebook in the Philippines is considered to be the “most popular and highly trafficked social media networking site.”

According to Facebook, they have been putting in efforts to topple down fake news but it’s taking them years. However, they are developing several ways to make it easier for people to report a hoax and they are also working with people from fact-checking organizations for easy verification of news stories.

Facebook’s News Feed VP Adam Mosseri said last year that the problems are “complex, both technically and philosophically.”

“We believe in giving people a voice, which means erring on the side of letting people share what they want whenever possible. We need to be careful not to discourage sharing of opinions or to mistakenly restrict accurate content. We do not want to be arbiters of truth ourselves, but instead rely on our community and trusted third parties,” Mosseri said.


Source: Inquirer


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