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Rappler's latest stories on disinformation


FALSE: COVID-19 not real, Bill Gates behind the disease

Jul 11, 2020 - 4:31 PM

The viral video contains several unproven conspiracy theories that were already debunked by fact checking organizations

FALSE: Court junks ABS-CBN franchise renewal

Jul 09, 2020 - 6:55 PM

It is Congress, not the Court, that deliberates on franchise renewals. ABS-CBN’s petition also still remains pending before the SC, which will resume deliberations on July 13.

Microtargeting looms larger than ever in pandemic era

Jul 09, 2020 - 3:31 PM

'Whoever has the most data will be the most powerful,' says former Cambridge Analytica employee-turned-whistleblower Brittany Kaiser in an upcoming Rappler Talk episode

FALSE: Boracay photos in 'disente' vs 'bastos' times

Jul 08, 2020 - 3:32 PM

(UPDATED) The 'disente' photo was taken in March 2018, while the 'bastos' photo was a stock photo that has been used in some articles shortly before Boracay's closure in April 2018

FALSE: PH economy got worse after Marcos was ousted

Jul 08, 2020 - 10:51 AM

Data show that the Philippine economy was already falling during the latter part of Marcos’ dictatorship

[OPINYON] Comments section, vicious sub-platform

Jul 07, 2020 - 8:00 PM

Ang comments section ay tuntungan din ng mga tao upang magpahayag ng kanilang ideya na dati’y eksklusibo lang sa mga letter-to-the-editor section ng pahayagan

FALSE: Bela Padilla dies after being gunned down in car

Jul 07, 2020 - 6:01 PM

Padilla is alive and has been active on social media platforms. The video used for the fake claim leads to a GMA News report on a shooting incident of a different woman.

Brazil's Senate approves controversial bill against disinformation

Jul 02, 2020 - 8:58 AM

One of the bill's most controversial articles will require social media platforms to make supposedly confidential messages available to the judiciary for 3 months, including the identity of senders

FALSE: Tuob is a cure for COVID-19

Jun 30, 2020 - 7:54 PM

The Department of Health says that tuob or steam inhalation does not kill the coronavirus that causes COVID-19

CEBU Governor Gwendolyn Garcia. File photo from Cebu Province Public Information Office/Sugbo News

FALSE: Robredo 'says' lockdown should have started October 2019

Jun 30, 2020 - 7:29 PM

The quote card containing the false quote edited an actual Rappler quote card featuring the Vice President

FALSE: Cavite to impose liquor ban starting July 1

Jun 30, 2020 - 7:08 PM

The liquor ban in the province of Cavite has already lifted since June 1. The graphic used for the false claim was manipulated.

FALSE: Photo of Sarah Elago with new recruits to CPP-NPA

Jun 30, 2020 - 11:42 AM

The caption in these posts misrepresent a photo that Kabataan Representative Sarah Elago herself posted from a hike for a cause event in March 2020. Rappler has previously fact checked a misrepresented photo of Elago from the same event.

Distorted Chinese, Russian virus news takes root in West – study

Jun 29, 2020 - 8:03 PM

Whether it's distorted coverage or conspiracy theories, articles written in French and German by foreign state media are resonating widely on Facebook and Twitter, often with their origins unclear, the Oxford Internet Institute says

MovePH webinar: How fact-checking is done in investigative reporting

Jun 29, 2020 - 7:44 PM

Join MovePH's webinar on fact checking and investigative reporting happening on Friday, July 3, at 4 pm via Zoom

FALSE: Trillanes says Duterte created COVID-19 with China

Jun 29, 2020 - 2:02 PM

Former Senator Antonio Trillanes IV did not say the quote attributed to him

FALSE: Philippines is country with highest gold reserves

Jun 29, 2020 - 1:25 PM

Official data from the World Bank show that the Philippines has never had the highest amount of gold reserves since 1960. IMF data also show the country is only ranked 23rd.

FALSE: Piolo Pascual dies in carjacking incident

Jun 29, 2020 - 12:35 PM

The video clip in the claim is from a 2015 news report on a different carjacking incident

Facebook to notify users before they share old articles

Jun 26, 2020 - 10:25 AM

Facebook will warn users when they share stories that are more than 90 days old

Image from Facebook

FALSE: Dwayne Johnson dies in June 2020

Jun 26, 2020 - 9:05 AM

The celebrity is still alive. There is also no official report of Johnson’s death from BBC News, the source cited by the posts.

FALSE: Video of frontliner being raped then killed

Jun 25, 2020 - 11:16 PM

The video attached was a short film taken out of context. No news organizations reported such an incident as of late.

Study shows news media still reliable source amid COVID-19 'infodemic'

Jun 25, 2020 - 10:41 PM

All sources of information – from media to politicians to social media platforms – should work together to better inform the public about the coronavirus, says the lead author of a Reuters Institute study done in 6 countries

LESSONS FROM 'INFODEMIC.' Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism director Rasmus Kleis Nielsen speaks about the lessons from the coronavirus 'infodemic' at the Global Fact 7 on June 24, 2020. Screenshot from Global Fact 7 video

Asian fact-checkers deal with sensitivity, silencing of critics during pandemic

Jun 25, 2020 - 8:16 AM

At the conference Global Fact 7, fact-checkers from the region tackle the country-specific challenges they've encountered while fact-checking in the time of coronavirus

FALSE: Sarah Elago quote threatening to 'destroy children's future'

Jun 25, 2020 - 7:52 AM

Kabataan Representative Sarah Elago did not say this quote, which was already falsely attributed to her in the past

FALSE: Abu Sayyaf thanked actors, politicians opposing anti-terror bill

Jun 24, 2020 - 7:50 PM

The website where the information came from says its source was only a meme that was made for fun

Beyond 'false' labels, experts call for broader access to fact-checking tools

Jun 24, 2020 - 7:34 PM

Experts urge companies and platforms to provide more support in enabling people to fact-check on their own

FALSE: OVP sent spoiled food to frontliners at Diliman Doctors Hospital

Jun 24, 2020 - 7:00 AM

Both the hospital and Vice President Leni Robredo deny the incident took place

FALSE: Heat, garlic, ginger can prevent COVID-19

Jun 23, 2020 - 8:03 PM

There is no official cure or preventive treatment for COVID-19. The supposed cures in the post have been debunked by the WHO and fact checkers around the world

Over 6,000 false claims about COVID-19 debunked by global fact-checking alliance

Jun 23, 2020 - 3:01 PM

There have been two phases in the surge of false information surrounding COVID-19: misinformation mostly from 'well-meaning people' and then disinformation, such as posts containing conspiracy theories

How U.S. disinformation threatens Black Lives Matter

Jun 21, 2020 - 5:57 PM

Disinformation experts say campaigns from far-right white supremacist conspiracy groups threaten US anti-racism protests

PROTEST. A man speaks into a bull-horn in front of the Wendy's restaurant set ablaze overnight on June 14, 2020 in Atlanta, Georgia. Rayshard Brooks, 27, was shot and killed yesterday by police in a struggle following a field sobriety test at the Wendy's. Photo by Dustin Chambers/Getty Images for Coda Story.

FALSE: Cory Aquino's libel suit vs Beltran was not deemed press freedom issue

Jun 20, 2020 - 9:49 AM

Accounts and articles show that the libel case was seen as an attack on press freedom

[OPINION] #ABiasCBN, #RapplerFakeNews: A case of pro-admin 'media literacy?'

Jun 19, 2020 - 12:50 PM

'A democracy needs media-literate citizens who can hold their media institutions accountable, as much as we need these media institutions to do their jobs of holding the government accountable'

PARTLY FALSE: Cory Aquino to blame for media ownership provision in 1987 Constitution

Jun 18, 2020 - 7:03 PM

The section that allows only Filipino citizens to own mass media in the country is also in the 1973 Constitution ratified under the Marcos administration

FALSE: Protesters at U.P. did not practice physical distancing

Jun 17, 2020 - 10:15 PM

Sandra Aguinaldo, the reporter who originally uploaded the photo under scrutiny, posts photos from other angles and clarifies that there was physical distancing during the protest

Top Russia newspaper editors quit, denouncing censorship

Jun 16, 2020 - 10:42 AM

While the daily newspaper focuses on business and industry news, its editorial section has become a vital space for dissenting voices and debate on political life in Russia

A photo taken on June 10, 2019 in Moscow, shows the front pages of Kommersant, Vedomosti and RBK dailies newspapers reading "I am (we are) Ivan Golunov". - Russia's three most respected dailies on June 10 published the same front page in an unprecedented act of solidarity over the arrest of an investigative reporter on drug charges. Golunov, a 36-year-old investigative reporter with Meduza, an independent Russian-language media outlet, was detained last week over allegations that he manufactured and dealt drugs. (Photo by Yuri KADOBNOV / AFP)

Judge Montesa 'failed to understand how journalism works'

Jun 15, 2020 - 9:02 PM

The Consortium on Democracy and Disinformation blasts the verdict against Rappler CEO Maria Ressa and former researcher-writer Reynaldo Santos Jr, saying it puts everyone online in peril

'IGNORANCE.' Rappler CEO and executive editor Maria at the Manila Trial Court on June 15, 2020, attends the promulgation for the cyber libel case filed by businessman Wilfredo Keng. Photo by Dante Diosina Jr/Rappler

FALSE: Derek Chauvin 'found dead in apartment'

Jun 15, 2020 - 6:26 PM

CNN did not report Chauvin's death, nor did any other legitimate news sites

Media calls on EU to crack down on online disinformation

Jun 15, 2020 - 1:15 PM

Broadcasters, publishers, and journalists call on the European Commission to implement 'much stronger measures' to combat disinformation on internet platforms such as Google and Facebook

Forum on the cyber libel verdict against Maria Ressa, Rappler

Jun 15, 2020 - 7:50 AM

(UPDATED) The Manila Regional Trial Court Branch 46 is scheduled to hand down its verdict on Rappler, its CEO Maria Ressa, and former researcher-writer Reynaldo Santos Jr in the high profile cyber libel case on Monday, June 15

Democracy faces 'death by a thousand cuts' with looming anti-terror law – Maria Ressa

Jun 13, 2020 - 11:57 PM

'All these kinds of legal acrobatics, the law has been weaponized. And now the question is if it's codified into law, it becomes the norm,' says Rappler CEO Maria Ressa

ANTI-TERRORISM BILL. Rappler CEO and Executive Editor Maria Ressa says the anti-terrorism bill to endanger rights protected under the Constitution. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

FALSE: OFW positive for coronavirus raped by camel in Riyadh

Jun 12, 2020 - 5:35 PM

The video containing the preposterous claim is manipulated from a 2012 report about an OFW raped by police in Kuwait

FALSE: Kadamay placard demanding regular salary for rallyists

Jun 12, 2020 - 3:46 PM

The photo was altered and Kadamay did not make such a demand

3 things to remember in fact checking historical claims

Jun 12, 2020 - 3:29 PM

Remember these things every time you see a suspicious historical claim on social media, according to Filipino historian Xiao Chua

FALSE: DSWD 'gives P5,500 to every Facebook user'

Jun 10, 2020 - 5:15 PM

Cash aid for every Facebook user? No such thing, says the Department of Social Welfare and Development.

FALSE: Ex-BIR chief Kim Henares 'speaks up' on computation of ABS-CBN's taxes

Jun 10, 2020 - 4:25 PM

The video does not contain a statement or admission from former Bureau of Internal Revenue commissioner Kim Henares about ABS-CBN's taxes

EU accuses China, Russia of virus disinformation campaigns

Jun 10, 2020 - 11:41 AM

The European Commission also accuses major online platforms of doing too little to help fact-checkers tackle the 'infodemic'

FALSE: Actor McCoy De Leon says Duterte urgently needs mental help

Jun 09, 2020 - 8:21 PM

The graphic is manipulated and is not from ABS-CBN’s official channels

FALSE: Bill Gates is developing COVID-19 vaccines with microchips

Jun 09, 2020 - 2:52 PM

There are no reports on studies being done on a COVID-19 vaccine with a microchip; Bill Gates has also denied the claim

#HandsOffOurStudents trends as Filipinos call out fake accounts swarming Facebook

Jun 07, 2020 - 2:41 PM

'The real terrorists are behind these attacks to the privacy and security of students and people who are critical of the administration's incompetence,' a netizen says

'I don’t feel safe, Facebook': After discovery of ghost accounts, users demand better account protection

Jun 07, 2020 - 1:57 PM

Facebook users harness their own online community to report and flag these suspicious accounts

Users report duplicate, dummy Facebook accounts in PH

Jun 07, 2020 - 1:15 PM

While initially thought to be limited to activists and journalists in Cebu and Central Visayas, duplicate accounts are reported in areas across the country