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FACEBOOK TO KIKO PANGILINAN: WE TAKE MISINFORMATION SERIOUSLY


JANUARY 19 -Most-used social media networking site Facebook on Thursday reiterated its statement that they are taking misinformation seriously, following Senator Francis Pangilinan’s action seeking possible liabilities of social media platforms, particularly Facebook, for allowing fake news on their pages. “We take misinformation seriously. Our goal is to connect people with the stories they find most meaningful, and we know people want accurate information,” Facebook said in a statement via email. Pangilinan has filed Senate Resolution 271 directing appropriate committees in the Senate to conduct an inquiry into the proliferation of fake news sites in social media to determine the necessity of amending Republic Act 10175, known as the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012, and other pertinent laws. READ MORE...

ALSO: Facebook VP says about 10% of News Feed stories are actually read daily
(Fb VP  Mosseri said the company’s responsibility to users is to “make sure we’re a platform for all ideas. That people are safe. That people are finding value on the time on Facebook. But we’re not in the business of deciding what issues people should read about.”)


Above: Facebook vice president of product management, News Feed Adam Mosseri on stage at TechCrunch Disrupt San Francisco on September 14, 2016. Image Credit: Screenshot
Facebook says on a given day, the average user on the social network will read about 10 percent of all the stories that are surfaced. Adam Mosseri, the company’s vice president of product management for News Feed, revealed while it curates 2,000 stories daily for users, unless you’re spending every waking moment reading through the News Feed, most of the time you’ll read about 200 stories. On stage at TechCrunch Disrupt, the social networking company’s executive was grilled about the state of the News Feed product, which notably celebrated its 10-year milestone. However, it also comes as Facebook deals with several issues surrounding its most trafficked service — from trending topic controversy, perceived censorship, and more. READ MORE...

ALSO: Kiko Pangilinan seeks to penalize Facebook for fake news


JANUARY 19 -PANGILINAN
 Senator Francis "Kiko" Pangilinan is urging the Senate to look into the proliferation of misinformation and fake news on Facebook and penalize the social media platform for its “inaction.”
Pangilinan on Wednesday filed Senate resolution 271, saying Facebook should be held accountable for the content it distributes. "More than being an online platform, Facebook may be described as a de facto media company or publisher that should be responsible and accountable for the content it distributes and allows to be distributed, in order to protect the national discourse from fabricated and false news," he said in a statement Thursday. Pangilinan's resolution was inspired by German legislators who announced their intention to penalize Facebook for every post not properly moderated within 24 hours. READ MORE...

ALSO: Trillanes, Pangilinan want Senate probe on ‘fake news,’ social media trolls


JANUARY 19 -— "Fake news" threatens national security, and two lawmakers want the Senate to get to the bottom of it. Senators Antonio Trillanes IV and Francis Pangilinan filed separate resolutions seeking a legislative inquiry into the proliferation of made-up stories and online trolls--internet users who deliberately make offensive or provocative posts using fake social media accounts. "Fake news" and trolls are "a threat to national security," Trillanes told CNN Philippines' "The Source" on Thursday. Trillanes said fake news and their websites should be taken down "because you can now put in candidates that may be detrimental actually to the interest of the nation." He cited reports that such fake news may have allegedly affected the results of the 2016 U.S. elections. READ MORE...


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Facebook to Pangilinan: We take misinformation seriously

MANILA, JANUARY 23, 2017 (INQUIRER) By: Ed Margareth Barahan - @inquirerdotnet January 19, 2017 - Most-used social media networking site Facebook on Thursday reiterated its statement that they are taking misinformation seriously, following Senator Francis Pangilinan’s action seeking possible liabilities of social media platforms, particularly Facebook, for allowing fake news on their pages.

“We take misinformation seriously. Our goal is to connect people with the stories they find most meaningful, and we know people want accurate information,” Facebook said in a statement via email.

Pangilinan has filed Senate Resolution 271 directing appropriate committees in the Senate to conduct an inquiry into the proliferation of fake news sites in social media to determine the necessity of amending Republic Act 10175, known as the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012, and other pertinent laws.

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It noted that Facebook, with 47 million reported active accounts in the Philippines, is considered the “most popular and highly trafficked social media networking site.”

The social media site said that they have been working to combat fake news for a long time, taking them years and still have more work to do.

Facebook’s News Feed VP Adam Mosseri in December last year shared the updates and fixes that they are taking to address the proliferation of hoaxes and fake news in the site.

READ: Facebook to combat hoaxes, fake news with new upgrades

He noted that they are testing several ways to make it easier to report a hoax, and is also working closely with fact-checking organizations to verify stories that are being shared by the users. Reports from the community as well as other signals will be used to send the stories to these organizations, which will then check and flag the stories as disputed.

READ: Facebook partners with fact-checkers to eradicate fake news

Mosseri said that they are also improving Facebook’s informed sharing and disrupting financial incentives for spammers.

The problems here are “complex, both technically and philosophically,” according to Facebook.

“We believe in giving people a voice, which means erring on the side of letting people share what they want whenever possible. We need to be careful not to discourage sharing of opinions or to mistakenly restrict accurate content. We do not want to be arbiters of truth ourselves, but instead rely on our community and trusted third parties,” it added.


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Facebook VP says about 10% of News Feed stories are actually read daily KEN YEUNG@THEKENYEUNG SEPTEMBER 14, 2016 10:22 AM


Above: Facebook vice president of product management, News Feed Adam Mosseri on stage at TechCrunch Disrupt San Francisco on September 14, 2016. Image Credit: Screenshot

Facebook says on a given day, the average user on the social network will read about 10 percent of all the stories that are surfaced. Adam Mosseri, the company’s vice president of product management for News Feed, revealed while it curates 2,000 stories daily for users, unless you’re spending every waking moment reading through the News Feed, most of the time you’ll read about 200 stories.

On stage at TechCrunch Disrupt, the social networking company’s executive was grilled about the state of the News Feed product, which notably celebrated its 10-year milestone. However, it also comes as Facebook deals with several issues surrounding its most trafficked service — from trending topic controversy, perceived censorship, and more.

READ MORE...

Repeatedly, Mosseri towed the party line by saying the goal of News Feed has been to try to connect people with the stories that matter. But that’s easier said than done because there are many sources that it needs to parse through. He told the audience that Facebook has been proactive in informing the social network’s 1.71 billion monthly active users about changes, such as ways to surface more posts from friends and family and fewer clickbait articles from publishers.

He explained that Facebook deals with an enormity of posts and aims to prioritize who you’re connected with — your friends and family. Then, over time that network will grow and more posts will enter your News Feed.

Facebook has previously said that the on average, people in the U.S. spend over 45 minutes a day on the News Feed. However, Mosseri added, “Slowly and steadily over time, people are spending more time reading more, liking more, and commenting more. We hope that’s a signal that we’re making the experience more interesting and relevant to people.”

He refuted allegations made that suggested that original sharing was decreasing on Facebook in terms of photos and status updates.

“Sharing is an important part of the ecosystem from friends-to-friends, it’s healthy and it’s growing. It’s not growing as fast as publisher (public) sharing. There are more and more publishers posting to Facebook everyday and they’re posting more often,” Mosseri said. “What we try to do with News Feed is make sure there’s a good mix … we’re trying to make sure we’re doing as good of a job at connecting people with stories that matter to them.”

“There’s a lot of room for improvement,” he acknowledged when prodded about authentic content appearing both in the News Feed and trending topics. Last weekend on the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, a hoax article appeared on the social network and remained there for an undetermined period of time. Also, the company is facing issues with sensitive images that are historical or artistic, such as a recent case involving the Napalm Girl photograph.

When it comes to the debate as to whether Facebook is a media or technology company, Mosseri believes it’s the latter. “We think of ourselves as a technology company because primarily the problems that we deal from a day-to-day basis are technology problems. We’re trying to figure out what people are interested in, we’re trying to figure out how to connect people with the sources of content they find meaningful, we’re trying to figure out how to write stories based on how relevant they are to people. These problems are primarily technical in nature. That’s why we’re a technology company.”

He recognized Facebook’s role with the media, though, and suggested that the company is interested in being good partners with the press. Mosseri said the company’s responsibility to users is to “make sure we’re a platform for all ideas. That people are safe. That people are finding value on the time on Facebook. But we’re not in the business of deciding what issues people should read about.”


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Pangilinan seeks to penalize Facebook for fake news ABS-CBN News Posted at Jan 19 2017 02:33 PM


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MANILA -- Senator Francis "Kiko" Pangilinan is urging the Senate to look into the proliferation of misinformation and fake news on Facebook and penalize the social media platform for its “inaction.”

Pangilinan on Wednesday filed Senate resolution 271, saying Facebook should be held accountable for the content it distributes.

"More than being an online platform, Facebook may be described as a de facto media company or publisher that should be responsible and accountable for the content it distributes and allows to be distributed, in order to protect the national discourse from fabricated and false news," he said in a statement Thursday.

Pangilinan's resolution was inspired by German legislators who announced their intention to penalize Facebook for every post not properly moderated within 24 hours.

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Facebook announced Sunday that it will introduce new measures to combat fake news in Germany, as the country enters an election year.

READ: Facebook moves to head off tougher regulation in Germany

READ: Facebook launches project to improve ties with news media

According to Pangilinan, his resolution seeks to direct the appropriate senate committee to investigate the proliferation of misinformation and fake news sites in social media platforms and to possibly amend the 2012 Cybercrime Law and other laws, in accordance with respect for freedom of speech and of the press.


ZUCKERBERG - Facebook announces 'fake news' offensive in Germany

"The propagation of fake news stories has become an effective weapon of several political operatives to influence public opinion and national discourse. As a result, the level and quality of public discourse have suffered. Discerning the truth from the lies has become more difficult every day as manipulation of information and blatant fabrication of stories have become increasingly rampant," he said.

Senator Antonio Trillanes IV filed a similar resolution on Wednesday, urging the Senate committee on public information and mass media to come up with laws to protect the public from fabricated digital information and hold accountable those behind the fake news.

There is an "immediate and imperative need" to investigate the proliferation of trolls and fake news, he said, because it "threatens not only the viability and credibility of online journalism but also violates every citizen’s right to truthful and accurate online news and information."

In 2016, the Philippines had 59.2 million Internet users, with more than 22 million actively engaged on Facebook during the May national elections, Pangilinan said.


CNN PHILIPPINES

Trillanes, Pangilinan want Senate probe on ‘fake news,’ social media trolls By CNN Philippines Staff Updated 17:24 PM PHT Thu, January 19, 2017
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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — "Fake news" threatens national security, and two lawmakers want the Senate to get to the bottom of it.

Senators Antonio Trillanes IV and Francis Pangilinan filed separate resolutions seeking a legislative inquiry into the proliferation of made-up stories and online trolls--internet users who deliberately make offensive or provocative posts using fake social media accounts.

"Fake news" and trolls are "a threat to national security," Trillanes told CNN Philippines' "The Source" on Thursday.


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Trillanes said fake news and their websites should be taken down "because you can now put in candidates that may be detrimental actually to the interest of the nation." He cited reports that such fake news may have allegedly affected the results of the 2016 U.S. elections.

READ MORE...

Also read: The plague of fake news is getting worse – here's how to protect yourself

Pangilinan in a statement agreed that the "propagation of fake news stories has become an effective weapon of several political operatives to influence public opinion and national discourse."

Trillanes also said some politicians would even tap so-called social media influencers to put up fraudulent stories that are favorable to them. Trolls earn up to $2,000 per month, the senator said.

Aside from influencing public opinion, Trillanes said trolls also are dangerous because they engage in cyber bullying and harassment.

He said he himself had his personal social media accounts deactivated after falling prey to social media trolls.

Pangilinan wants Facebook penalized for fake news

In Senate Resolution 271 which he filed Wednesday, Pangilinan said social media giant Facebook should be held liable for falsified stories that it allows to be circulated on its network.

Pangilinan said his proposed measure was inspired by the German legislators' fight against hoax information. Although Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg earlier said the thought that fake news affected the U.S. elections was a "crazy idea," the company now attaches warning labels to fraudulent stories ahead of the German elections.

Trillanes welcomed the possibility of merging his proposed resolution to Pangilinan's and said they will bring the matter up to the Senate Committee on Public Information and Mass Media, headed by Grace Poe.


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