Not long after Facebook partnered with Rappler and Vera Files for fact-checking, the social media platform has started its fight against misinformation by blocking websites believed to be disseminating fake news.
Ten of the 29 online pages that the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines previously identified as hotbeds of false reports are being intercepted (Classified Trends, Extreme Readers, Guard1an, FilipiNews PH, Kalye Pinoy, Leak News PH, PinoyWorld, TahoNews), including a couple of crony press sites that lean towards President Rodrigo Duterte (Duterte News Info, Media ni Duterte).
Users attempting to share from the following websites will be met with a prompt, which reads, "The content you're trying to share includes link that our security system detected to be unsafe. Please remove this link to continue."
The latest development also comes on the heels of Duterte supporters, who have been guilty of reposting articles from these dubious sources, migrating to "Russian Facebook" VK.com. As such, truth-seeking netizens have heaved a collective sigh of relief.
Some are saying this isn't a matter of political views, but rather standing up for the facts. Others recognize the power of social media (see Facebook–Cambridge Analytica data scandal) to influence the decisions made by the public.