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Rappler's latest stories on disinformation


Activists rip Facebook's Zuckerberg over Trump comments

Jun 03, 2020 - 8:06 AM

'We are disappointed and stunned by Mark's incomprehensible explanations for allowing the Trump posts to remain up,' says a statement

ZUCKERBERG. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg speaks about the new Facebook News feature at the Paley Center For Media on October 25, 2019 in New York City. File photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP

FALSE: OFW in Saudi beheaded after testing positive for coronavirus

Jun 02, 2020 - 3:26 PM

The video containing the claim is from a 2015 report about the beheading of an OFW convicted for murder

FALSE: McCoy de Leon quotes on Duterte, ABS-CBN

Jun 02, 2020 - 2:52 PM

McCoy De Leon did not say these quotes, and ABS-CBN News did not publish these graphics

FALSE: New Philippine flag design on June 12, 2020

Jun 01, 2020 - 7:00 PM

The colors and design of the Philippine flag are mandated by the Constitution and the Flag and Heraldic Code. Any changes will require approved amendments to these laws.

FALSE: Poe, Hontiveros silent over coronavirus crisis

Jun 01, 2020 - 5:39 PM

Both senators have responded to the coronavirus crisis by doing their jobs as legislators and by providing assistance to frontliners

FALSE: ABS-CBN violated Constitution for being in airwaves for more than 50 years

May 30, 2020 - 7:43 PM

Law experts say Deputy Speaker Rodante Marcoleta misinterpreted the provision in the Constitution regarding the 50-year cap for franchises

FALSE: Photo of Duterte portrait outside Japan national museum

May 29, 2020 - 7:02 PM

The original photo showed portraits of President Rodrigo Duterte and Indonesian President Joko Widodo at the National Monument in Indonesia

FALSE: Malunggay and kamias tea cure for COVID-19

May 29, 2020 - 6:54 PM

While some home remedies may alleviate symptoms of COVID-19, WHO says there is still no registered cure for the disease as of May 29

PARTLY FALSE: First Philippine Holdings 'made P24.6B profit, but only paid P10M income tax'

May 29, 2020 - 10:45 AM

The P10 million that First Philippine Holdings Corporation paid in income tax is part of a total of P5.175 billion in income taxes that the company and its subsidiaries paid in 2019

FALSE: ABS-CBN’s 1995 franchise allows only one channel

May 28, 2020 - 5:21 PM

(UPDATED) Nothing in ABS-CBN’s 1995 franchise says that it allows the broadcast of only one channel

PARTLY FALSE: COVID-19 is thrombosis, not pneumonia

May 28, 2020 - 3:33 PM

Multiple studies show that among the complications caused by COVID-19 is clotting of the blood. But not all COVID-19 patients exhibit this.

FALSE: 'Flying insects' kill people in China, India, Iran

May 28, 2020 - 1:47 PM

The photos attached in this claim were taken from footage of a gas leak in India

FALSE: COVID-19 is bacteria, can be cured by aspirin

May 27, 2020 - 7:38 PM

COVID-19 is caused by a virus. The Italian Medicines Agency also does not include aspirin in its list of drugs made available for COVID-19 patients.

Twitter calls Trump tweets 'unsubstantiated' for the first time

May 27, 2020 - 8:01 AM

Trump tweets a conspiracy theory accusing one of his media critics of murder, prompting an agonized letter from the victim's wife and calls for the company to block the Republican leader's 'vicious lie'

UNSUBSTANTIATED. US President Donald Trump participates in a roundtable at the White House on December 9, 2019 in Washington,DC. Photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

FALSE: Coco Martin quote on a teacher's arrest

May 26, 2020 - 7:13 PM

Actor Coco Martin did not say this quote. The graphic was manipulated from an ABS-CBN News quote card.

FALSE: Video of Wuhan, China in ‘2nd wave’ of coronavirus infections

May 26, 2020 - 6:46 PM

The footage is old and appeared as early as February 2020. Reports said the bodies in the video died of carbon monoxide poisoning.

FALSE: Madagascar President says WHO offered $20M to poison virus cure

May 25, 2020 - 9:11 PM

Madagascar President Andry Rajoelina did not make this accusation

FALSE: Grace Poe to file bill blocking Facebook in light of ABS-CBN shutdown

May 25, 2020 - 8:14 PM

Her supposed plan to block Facebook is a rehashed claim that has been debunked as early as 2018

FALSE: ECQ extended until June 15, 2020

May 25, 2020 - 7:11 PM

The graphic is manipulated. As of May 25, the government's coronavirus task force has made no announcement about the extension of quarantine measures after May 31.

Lies and disinformation cover up environmental assault on the Baltic Sea

May 25, 2020 - 12:02 PM

Pollution linked to animal farming in northwestern Russia contaminates rivers and kills large areas of seabed

[ANALYSIS] Why Facebook’s Oversight Board is not diverse enough

May 25, 2020 - 10:00 AM

Where is Southeast Asia in the FOB?

FALSE: ABS-CBN 'jacked up the number of its employees'

May 24, 2020 - 4:29 PM

The 11,017 figure that ABS-CBN mentioned includes employees of their broadcast business and other subsidiaries as of December 2019

FALSE: Brown sugar cures coronavirus

May 21, 2020 - 5:00 PM

There is still no official cure for COVID-19 as of May 21

FALSE: FBI arrests Bill Gates for creating coronavirus

May 21, 2020 - 4:45 PM

The photo of Bill Gates in the article is manipulated using a 2014 image of American mobster Vincent Asaro

FALSE: Coronavirus sticks faster on men with shaved heads

May 21, 2020 - 11:24 AM

The claim used an edited screenshot of a 24 Oras news report in March 2020

FALSE: Archbishop Villegas says it would be better if Duterte resigned

May 21, 2020 - 8:51 AM

Archbishop Socrates Villegas did not say this quote. An earlier source of this quote was a site that published fake reports.

FALSE: Backriding in motorcycles now allowed

May 19, 2020 - 7:00 PM

Backriding in motorcycles is still not allowed in all areas in the Philippines under any form of quarantine

FALSE: March 2020 CSE examinees 'automatically pass' due to COVID-19

May 18, 2020 - 9:12 PM

The document that circulated did not come from the Civil Service Commission

FALSE: Kim Chiu found dead in Tacloban home

May 18, 2020 - 8:42 PM

The video containing the claim is edited. There is also no official report of Chiu’s death as of May 18.

FALSE: Robredo says the virus, not people, should be restrained

May 14, 2020 - 5:28 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo did not make this remark and the graphic was altered from a quote card produced by News5

FALSE: Coco Martin quote thanking teacher who posted reward to 'kill Duterte'

May 14, 2020 - 5:02 PM

Coco Martin did not make any remark about the teacher, and the quote card was manipulated from a News5 graphic

FALSE: ABS-CBN operations ‘illegal’ for the past 25 years

May 14, 2020 - 4:54 PM

The post wrongly quotes Senator Lacson, who only said that a provisional permit would not be enough to keep ABS-CBN on air after its franchise expires

FALSE: Roque says Duterte receives P460 million monthly from POGOs

May 13, 2020 - 1:13 PM

Roque did not say this quote, and Inquirer.net says the graphic was manipulated

[OPINION] 'Tito historians' and the personalization of fake news

May 12, 2020 - 12:00 PM

'We need to accept that we are not special snowflakes who know better because of our relationships. Knowledge is not a matter of palakasan; you do not know more because of who you know.'

FALSE: Roque warning vs GMA, TV5 on criticizing Duterte

May 11, 2020 - 6:44 PM

Roque did not warn other networks about criticizing the President in his interviews on May 6. Inquirer.net says the quote card was manipulated.

FALSE: Charo Santos 'apology' tweet

May 09, 2020 - 2:04 PM

(UPDATED) The tweet did not come from Santos, since Santos does not have a Twitter account

FALSE: Enhanced community quarantine extended after May 15

May 08, 2020 - 3:23 PM

As of May 8, the government's coronavirus task force has not announced an extension of the enhanced community quarantine beyond May 15. The graphic was also manipulated.

FALSE: 'Clean semen a cure for COVID-19'

May 07, 2020 - 4:51 PM

WHO says there is still no authorized cure for COVID-19 to date

FALSE: Aquino signed premium contribution hike for OFWs

May 07, 2020 - 4:22 PM

Duterte signed the Universal Health Care Act into law, which has a provision for the premium hike for direct contributors, including OFWs

FALSE: CBCP 'circular' urging bishops to report scammer

May 07, 2020 - 11:26 AM

The circular was manipulated, and the 'CBCP Official' Facebook page that posted it is fake

Attack on all: Media groups show solidarity with ABS-CBN following closure order

May 05, 2020 - 10:22 PM

'The move is clearly a case of political harassment against a pillar of Philippine democracy that employs thousands of Filipinos whose livelihoods are now at risk with the order'

The staff of ABS-CBN watch as President and CEO Carlo Katigbak makes a statement on the broadcast network shutdown by the National Telecommunication Commission on May 5, 2020. Photo courtesy of Alcuin Papa

'Lies kill': Journalists tackle challenges in reporting on the pandemic

May 05, 2020 - 11:28 AM

Maria Ressa, Ging Reyes, and Sheila Coronel talk about journalism in the age of pandemic – and the opportunities a crisis brings

FALSE: Risa Hontiveros quote on OFWs paying higher PhilHealth rate

May 04, 2020 - 10:08 PM

Hontiveros did not say the quote attributed to her. She labeled the quote card as 'fake news.'

IFCN launches WhatsApp chatbot for fact checking

May 04, 2020 - 9:00 PM

The International Fact-Checking Network launches an easy-to-use tool for WhatsApp users who want to check COVID-19 rumors

FALSE: 6 senators refuse to give coronavirus aid

May 04, 2020 - 5:40 PM

Senators Poe, Hontiveros, Pangilinan, Drilon, Villar, and Recto have responded to the crisis by legislating laws and providing aid

FALSE: Video of Kim Jong Un's funeral

May 02, 2020 - 10:15 AM

The footage was of former North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il lying in state at the Kumsusan Memorial Palace. Kim Jong Un also made a public appearance on May 1.

FALSE: Vaccine for novel coronavirus was available since 2001

Apr 30, 2020 - 7:24 PM

The vaccine in the photograph is used for dogs against canine coronavirus. It is not effective in preventing COVID-19.

Facebook and the coronavirus misinformation epidemic

Apr 30, 2020 - 6:54 PM

Facebook has been announcing ways to combat misinformation but a recent report has found that there remains a lot of work to be done

FALSE: Trump says he 'can't handle' Americans, asks Duterte for help

Apr 30, 2020 - 4:00 PM

Both Malacañang and the White House say Trump called Duterte to discuss collaboration efforts

FALSE: Groups will hold Labor Day protests on the streets, despite quarantine rules

Apr 30, 2020 - 9:05 AM

The Labor Day protests will be held online or at home through selfies, online programs, and/or noise barrages