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Rappler's latest stories on disinformation


FALSE: 'Actual footage' of helicopter crash that killed Kobe Bryant

Jan 27, 2020 - 5:35 PM

The video shows a helicopter crash in the United Arab Emirates in December 2018

FALSE: Bangko Sentral ‘launches new design of Philippine peso'

Jan 25, 2020 - 8:41 PM

The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas has no official announcement about the release of a new design of Philippine peso bills

FALSE: 'Confirmed cases' of coronavirus at PBCom Tower in Makati

Jan 24, 2020 - 4:41 PM

As of January 24, Health Undersecretary Eric Domingo maintains that there are still no confirmed cases of 2019 nCoV in the Philippines

FALSE: ‘Actual video’ of U.S. strike that killed Qasem Soleimani

Jan 24, 2020 - 11:58 AM

The footage is from a video game simulator called AC-130 Gunship Simulator: Special Ops Squadron

FALSE: ABS-CBN 'now officially renewed 25 years of franchise’

Jan 23, 2020 - 10:21 PM

As of January 23, Congress is still sitting on the bills submitted to renew ABS-CBN’s franchise

U.S. suspects Russian interference in South America protests – report

Jan 23, 2020 - 10:18 AM

The US State Department observes suspicious activity on Twitter during the period of the protests

FALSE: Binintiang Malaki is 'not real' Taal crater

Jan 20, 2020 - 3:56 PM

Taal Volcano has 47 craters and Binintiang Malaki is among them

How a disinformation campaign wiped out synthetic insulin’s deadly effects

Jan 18, 2020 - 8:30 AM

Hundreds of people died in the two decades after synthetic insulin was launched. A disinformation campaign covered up their plight.

VIALS. Header photo by Novo Nordisk

FALSE: Video of night sky flare shows ‘start of Iran vs U.S. World War 3’

Jan 17, 2020 - 10:00 PM

The airstrike shown in the video has nothing to do with the conflict between the US and Iran. It shows the rocket attacks that involved Palestinians and Israel in November 2018.

FALSE: Robredo gave ‘only 5 pcs of pan de sal, bottled water’ each to Taal victims

Jan 16, 2020 - 7:20 PM

Robredo distributed rice, canned goods, noodles, bottled water, and face masks

FALSE: Low tide in Oriental Mindoro sign of possible volcanic tsunami

Jan 16, 2020 - 3:32 PM

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology says it is 'almost unlikely' for the low tide in Oriental Mindoro to cause a volcanic tsunami

FALSE: Taal Volcano 'draws in' water from Oriental Mindoro

Jan 16, 2020 - 9:47 AM

Phivolcs says it is 'almost unlikely' for Taal Volcano to draw in water from the seas surrounding Oriental Mindoro because they are not connected

PARTLY FALSE: ‘Photos’ of animals rescued following Taal eruption

Jan 16, 2020 - 9:22 AM

Majority of the photos circulated were taken in Guatemala after the 2018 Volcan de Fuego eruption

During disasters, imagine a world with false news

Jan 15, 2020 - 11:32 PM

Who would you trust?

FALSE: 'SARS' case reported in clinic at Shangri-La Plaza

Jan 15, 2020 - 5:28 PM

The Department of Health flags the chain message as 'fake content'

FACT CHECK: False alerts, warnings over Taal Volcano eruption

Jan 14, 2020 - 5:18 PM

(UPDATED) Here are the false claims we and our readers spotted online about the Taal Volcano eruption

FALSE: ‘Photo’ of lightning streaks during Taal Volcano eruption

Jan 14, 2020 - 8:03 AM

The photo shows a volcano in Chile from 2015, not Taal

FALSE: Kim Atienza, BBC 'reported about phone emitting radiation'

Jan 13, 2020 - 7:31 PM

The chain message is an old claim that has resurfaced after Taal Volcano started spewing ash. ABS-CBN weatherman Kuya Kim Atienza denies the claim in a tweet on January 12, 2020.

PARTLY FALSE: Mayon Volcano status 'raised' to Alert Level 2

Jan 13, 2020 - 6:11 PM

Mayon Volcano has been under Alert Level 2 since March 2018

FALSE: 'Magnitude 7.8 earthquake on January 15' after Taal eruption

Jan 13, 2020 - 3:44 PM

Phivolcs maintains that there is 'no reliable technology in the world that can confidently predict the date, time, and location of large earthquakes'

FALSE: Risa Hontiveros calls rebels 'heroes of the land'

Jan 09, 2020 - 6:40 PM

Senator Risa Hontiveros again denies ever saying the quote attributed to her twice – first in 2018 and again in 2020

FALSE: 'Photo' of Baron Geisler asking ABS-CBN to pay unpaid debts, taxes

Jan 07, 2020 - 8:42 PM

The image is altered. A reverse image search shows that the image was taken from a video in which Geisler makes an appeal for the franchise renewal of ABS-CBN.

FALSE: Pope Francis says bible is a 'dangerous' book

Jan 07, 2020 - 5:45 PM

Pope Francis is quoted out of context. While he indeed said that the bible is a dangerous book, he was referring to Christians in some countries being persecuted because of owning one.

FALSE: 'Photo' of Pope Francis staring at a woman's chest

Jan 07, 2020 - 4:30 PM

Pope Francis' picture is stitched with a photo of an Argentine model who has been shown in past manipulated photos with the Pope

FALSE: 'Not one naval vessel' bought during Ramos administration

Jan 06, 2020 - 1:15 PM

There were 3 ex-British Peacock-class patrol vessels added to the Philippine Navy's fleet during Fidel Ramos' term

New Cambridge Analytica leak exposes global election manipulation

Jan 05, 2020 - 10:25 AM

'It’s so abundantly clear our electoral systems are wide open to abuse,' says ex-Cambridge Analytica employee-turned-whistleblower Brittany Kaiser

MORE EXPOSÉS. Brittany Kaiser, former Director of Program Development at Cambridge Analytica, speaks at a press briefing by the "Leave.EU" campaign group in central London on November 18, 2015. File photo by Leon Neal/AFP

Year in review: The types of lies we debunked in 2019

Dec 31, 2019 - 4:01 PM

Majority of the claims debunked by Rappler came in the form of simple text and graphics, such as false captions, articles, and quote cards

FALSE: 'Photo' of 'second fall in a month' by Pope Francis

Dec 29, 2019 - 5:37 PM

The images used in the post are old photos taken on July 28, 2016, when Pope Francis fell during the Holy Mass at the Jasna Gora Monastery, a pilgrimage site in Czestochowa, Poland

FALSE: Lee Kuan Yew 'quote' saying 'PH media are master of intrigues'

Dec 28, 2019 - 1:05 PM

The former Singapore prime minister said something different about the Philippine media

FALSE: 'Photo' of unfinished footbridge 'during Aquino administration'

Dec 25, 2019 - 11:30 AM

The unfinished footbridge is built in Thailand, not in the Philippines

Facebook blocks group spreading pro-Trump posts from fake accounts

Dec 21, 2019 - 11:30 AM

Facebook removes 610 accounts, 89 pages, 156 groups and 72 Instagram accounts that originated in Vietnam and the US

Twitter blocks Saudi 'state-backed' manipulation effort

Dec 21, 2019 - 11:19 AM

The platform says some 88,000 accounts being blocked were linked to Saudi state-backed 'information operations'

WASHINGTON, USA – Twitter said Friday, December 21, it had suspended thousands of accounts linked to a

Facebook taps community reviewers to aid in fact-checking

Dec 20, 2019 - 2:46 PM

The social media network is piloting the service in the US and says community reviewers are meant to give 'directional signal' to professional fact-checkers

FALSE: Ocampo allowed to post bail over kidnapping, Palparan wasn't

Dec 19, 2019 - 7:15 PM

Retired Army Major General Jovito Palparan's petitions to post bail in 2015 and 2016 were junked by the Court, while former Bayan Muna representative Satur Ocampo did not file a bail for an alleged kidnapping incident in 2018

FALSE: Trump ‘slams Netherlands for harboring Joma Sison’

Dec 13, 2019 - 10:51 PM

The source of the information is a satirical website

Twitter backs overhaul of social media to stem disinformation

Dec 12, 2019 - 11:18 AM

CEO Jack Dorsey announces he would fund an independent team of five architects, engineers, and designers – dubbed Bluesky – to develop an 'open and decentralized standard for social media'

TWITTER. In this file photo taken on August 13, 2019 employees walk past a lighted Twitter log as they leave the company's headquarters in San Francisco. Photo by Glenn Chapman/AFP

FALSE: No punishment for rapists in PH because they're ‘protected by CHR’

Dec 11, 2019 - 2:26 PM

The Anti-Rape Law punishes rapists from 6 years of imprisonment to reclusion perpetua

CrowdTangle rolls out new, better search tool for fact checkers

Dec 07, 2019 - 3:33 PM

The social media monitoring platform makes it easier to search for public posts across Facebook, Instagram, Reddit, and Twitter

Premeditated murder: The character assassination of Leila de Lima

Dec 06, 2019 - 8:00 PM

The embattled senator’s image turned from dignified to dishonorable in just 3 years. Here’s how social media had a hand in all of it.

[OPINYON] Paano naman naging kasalanan ng media ang kapalpakan sa SEA Games?

Dec 06, 2019 - 9:00 AM

Bilyon-bilyong pera ng bayan ang ginastos sa Palarong ‘yan, tapos ang gusto 'nyo ay manahimik lang ang media tungkol sa mga kapalpakan ng organizers? Ano kayo, nanalo sa lotto?

FALSE: Duterte 'built 200 international and domestic airports'

Dec 05, 2019 - 7:25 PM

There are 197 'airport projects' under Build, Build, Build, but these include rehabilitation, maintenance, and upgrading projects

FALSE: Mainstream media 'does not report’ on arrival of new PNR train sets

Dec 03, 2019 - 9:50 PM

Pilipino Star Ngayon and Inquirer.net have reported the announcement of the Department of Transportation in November 2019 about the arrival of new sets of trains

FALSE: Video of white van 'abducting' student

Dec 03, 2019 - 6:19 PM

The video is staged and created by a group of teenagers for fun

FALSE: Meralco 'to cut power' ahead of Typhoon Tisoy

Dec 02, 2019 - 10:21 PM

The power company says it 'will not shut off power to any unaffected area'

Screenshot of false claim on Monday, December 2, about Meralco 'cutting power' ahead of Typhoon Tisoy

FALSE: Jovito Salonga 'says Ninoy Aquino is not a hero'

Nov 29, 2019 - 6:35 PM

Salonga did not say these statements. The quote was an opinion lifted from a blog site and was falsely attributed to the late statesman.

PARTLY FALSE: ‘Strongest’ typhoon, earthquake to hit Arab states

Nov 29, 2019 - 1:00 PM

As of writing, there have been no official advisories from weather authorities in the Middle East announcing the 'strongest' tropical typhoon or earthquake to hit the Gulf region

Taclobanons urge community to combat disaster-related hoaxes

Nov 28, 2019 - 9:20 PM

During the #MoveTacloban forum, journalists, student leaders, and local government officials point out a rise of disaster-related hoax cases after Super Typhoon Yolanda hit the Philippines

Journalists, student leaders, and local government officials discuss how everyone has a role to play in fighting disaster-related disinformation during #MoveTacloban at the University of the Philippines Visayas Tacloban College on November 27. Photo by Angel Anthony Tobes/UP Vista

FALSE: Photo of Philippine flag used as tablecloth 'in SEA Games 2019' event

Nov 28, 2019 - 2:02 PM

The photos are not from any SEA Games event

FALSE: Rizal stadium 'not part of the official venues' of SEA Games 2019

Nov 26, 2019 - 3:50 PM

The football matches for the 30th Southeast Asian Games take place at the Rizal Memorial Stadium

FALSE: Leyte-Surigao, Samar-Sorsogon bridges to 'start construction' in 2020

Nov 26, 2019 - 3:00 PM

These proposed bridges are no longer pushing through, with the Duterte administration shelving the 'challenging' projects