A female netizen complained that Rappler had a misleading caption on one of their latest news report about killings of drug suspects in Manila. Shortly after complaint went viral, it reached Rappler’s knowledge, and they revised their post and to put an Editor’s note at the bottom of the article. However, the online newspaper did not apologize to its readers.
“Napaka-misleading! By using a caption, “We watched police operations from a distance and this is what we saw” and by matching it with a photo of a dead man & a cardboard, you have successfully made it look like the police were the ones behind those death by cardboard!” MJ Quiambao Reyes wrote on her Facebook page, Wednesday, August 31.
“Even worst, your grossly misleading and twisted caption made it appear that you were there and have watched it happened from a distance! Wow!” She added, noting that the content of the news article tells a different story. Instead, the report said that police arrived at the scene after the killing, and that no police operation was actually conducted that time.
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Ms. Reyes was referring to Rappler’s news article titled “War on Drugs:’Nanlaban’” which features a video report about slain drug suspects. She however emphasized that no Rappler reporter was present during the killing. She also pointed out that many netizens only use free data on their smartphones, and that they cannot read the entire news article.
After about five hours later, MJ Quiambao Reyes updated her Facebook wall, saying that Rappler has revised their news story and removed the death by cardboard photo. However, she noted that the changes were made after tons of readers have already been misled, and this is only after her complaint was noticed and shared by other netizens.
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Credit: MJ Quiambao Reyes Facebook
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“We tweaked this to be more accurate in the description of what we saw. We saw a post-encounter investigation being conducted by a responding Scene of the Crime Operatives (SOCO) unit after suspects were killed.” A statement reads as Editor’s Note at the bottom of the Rappler report in question. However, it did not include a public apology whatsoever.