The Office of the Vice President of the Philippines (OVP) released an infographic explaining how netizens can identify fake news from the real ones. But while its purpose is to help social media users, it seems to be attacking bloggers, whom the OVP identified as fake in general. Likewise, the said tips also appears to discredit VP Leni Robredo’s critics.
“Before reading an article, check if the news is from a legitimate and credible media network. Otherwise, you could be reading a blog or fake news website.” Reads the Tip # 1 from the OVP infographic, posted on its official Facebook page this Friday, February 3.
The succeeding tips from VP Robredo’s office also suggested to read the article thoroughly, research before sharing, and to consult an expert to verify if the news report is real or not. Apparently, these three last tips are really helpful, especially to netizens who believe in everything they see on social media without checking it first on Google.
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Credit: Office of the Vice President of the Philippines Facebook
But in case you are not aware, the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) also recently released an infographic on how to spot fake news. As shown below, their tips are almost the same as the one released by the OVP. However, the IFLA never mentioned about bloggers as among those who write fake news reports.
Instead, the IFLA noted that netizens should check the credibility of the author of the article, and to CLICK the links that supports the story. This means that authors can be also be bloggers or anyone who writes news reports online, other than news reporters and those employed by major news networks. In short, IFLA did not say that bloggers are fake.
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So, why did the OVP changed the guidelines of the IFLA, and identified all bloggers as fake? As we all know, there are now various bloggers who are criticizing VP Robredo and the administration of former president Benigno ‘Noynoy’ Aquino III. We don’t need to mention their names, since we assume that you already know some of them.
However, we also know that there are bloggers who are defending VP Robredo and the entire Liberal Party (LP), and are huge critics of President Duterte. And yes, we also don’t need to mention their names. Here’s now the million-peso question – Is the OVP also advising the public not to read the blogs of their supporters because they are fake too?