Wednesday, April 18, 2018

The role of IFCN and Ma. Diosa Labiste on Rappler's partnership with Facebook



IFCN and Rappler's Logo | Photo CTTO
Recently, it was announced that the social media giant Facebook is partnering with Rappler together with Vera Files.

The said partnership, according to Rappler, is basically intended to ensure the accuracy of the news content surfacing on social media in pursuit of Facebook's endeavor to avoid, or at least reduce, the spread of fake news.

In Rappler's April 12 article entitled 'Facebook partners with Rappler, Vera Files for fact-checking program', the news site's collaboration with the social media giant was made known to the pubic.

Quoting Clair Deevy, the Facebook Director for Community Affairs for Asia Pacific, she said 'Partnering with third-party fact-checking organizations is one of the ways we hope to better identify and reduce the reach of false news that people share on our platform'.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg
In the past, the news site, whose license has been revoked by the Security and Exchange Commission (SEC) with Foreign Ownership as its ground for license cancellation, had a fair share of being linked with the spread of alleged fake news.

It is not unknown to many that both Rappler and Vera Files themselves have been accused of purveying fake news that some find to be biased and/or against the current administration.

Which is why its function, that is to fact-check the news that come out on Facebook, drew flak from the raging netizens, questioning how Rappler and Vera Files, whose own credibility are doubted by many, have suddenly become partners with the world's most prominent social media platform and have been granted by Facebook the authority to do the fact-checking?
Jacques Phillip | Photo from Facebook
In a Facebook post, an American citizen named Jacques Phillip shared his opinion as to how the two have been instantly tasked to do the fact-checking of the news spreading on Facebook in the country.

According to Phillip, who is currently based in the Philippines, a certain Ma. Diosa Labiste — a UP faculty of journalism of the University of the Philippines College of Mass Communication — is behind the Rappler and Vera Files' success in becoming the member of an international fact-checking body called IFCN or International Fact-Checking Network.

The Philippine-based American continued that it was Labiste who 'hid the real ownership status' of the news site Rappler about its alleged Foreign Ownership, making it qualified to be an IFCN member.

He also mentioned that the IFCN even revised its qualification for its members in favor of Rappler.
Rappler Logo | Photo from Rappler
'What was her assessment? She HID THE REAL OWNERSHIP STATUS of Rappler thereby IFCN said "The organization revised the explanation about the transparency of funding and organization. That made Rappler fully compliant with criterion 4a, previously found to be “partially compliant”. " AHA!', Phillip wrote.

'Diosa Labiste also accepted as verdant truth the methodology of Rappler as how Rappler put it- Fact-checking is done both internally and externally to create and sustain an environment anchored on truth. Really? have they done this before? another AHA moment!', the netizen added.

Check out his full post below:

Quoting a netizen: "One of the criteria for being a fact checker is non-partisanship. So, are Rappler and Vera Files non-partisans? Can Maria Ressa and Ellen Tordesillas give us evidence that their orgs are non-partisans? sige nga?".
Vera Files Logo | Photo from Vera Files
When they applied, Rappler was 37th and Vera Files was 48th in the International Fact-Checking Network (IFCN). This code of principles was launched Sep 15, 2016. On, Jan. 17, 2017, the IFCN introduced an application and vetting process. This followed the announcement by Facebook that being a signatory to this code is a minimum condition for being accepted as a third-party fact-checker on the social network and a consultation among existing signatories. An applicant has only to pay IFCN $200 as an accredited fact-checker.

But who assessed the applications of Rappler and Vera Files? Ma. Diosa Labiste, a UP faculty of journalism of the University of the Philippines College of Mass Communication.

What was her assessment? She HID THE REAL OWNERSHIP STATUS of Rappler thereby IFCN said "The organization revised the explanation about the transparency of funding and organization. That made Rappler fully compliant with criterion 4a, previously found to be “partially compliant”. " AHA!
International Fact-Checking Network Logo | Photo from Poynter
Diosa Labiste also accepted as verdant truth the methodology of Rappler as how Rappler put it- Fact-checking is done both internally and externally to create and sustain an environment anchored on truth. Really? have they done this before? another AHA moment!

Rappler and Vera Files are misleading us all, Facebook never designated them as their fact-checker. The mother organization that encourages fact-checking is IFCN, Facebook is just a signatory member and cannot assign anybody as its third-party fact checker. Just try googling for the official announcement of Facebook. THIS ALONE WHERE RAPPLE AND VERA FILES WERE CLAIMING, IS ANOTHER FAKE NEWS.

Source: Jacques Phillip