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Senator Trillanes files criminal and administrative complaints vs. PCOO Asec. Uson

by UNTV   |   Posted on Friday, September 22nd, 2017

MANILA, Philippines — Senator Antonio Trillanes IV has charged Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Assistant Secretary Esther Margaux Justiniano Uson or popularly known as Mocha Uson  six counts of criminal complaints before the Office of the Ombudsman.

The complaints stemmed from the alleged fake news Uson posted on her social media account about the alleged bank account numbers and hidden wealth of Trillanes outside of the country.

“Three of these are for the cybercrime offense of libel. One is for her violation of the anti-graft and corrupt practices act for using her position to cause undue tom for another party,” said Trillanes.

The senator filed the complaints three days after he went to Singapore to personally prove that he has no offshore or hidden account in the said country.

Trillanes said he will use as evidence the information he got from DBS Bank that states the bank account number posted by Uson on her social media is non-existent.

“What Mr. Duterte said, that he just made it up, and what he said as the real account. The two are all made up. That’s the evidence I will use against them,” said the complainant.

“The era of fake news is over. Those who spread fake news will be held liable under the law,” said Trillanes.

Aside from this, the senator also filed an administrative complaint against the former starlet.

He also asked the ombudsman to oust Uson from her post for committing grave misconduct following her violation of the code of conduct and ethical standards of public officials and employees.

On the other hand, Malacañang through Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella said, “He is free to do so.”

Trillanes is also studying the possibility of filing complaints against other personalities, he claims, are also involved in the issue. — Nel Maribojoc | UNTV News & Rescue

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US students focus on media literacy to learn how to differentiate real news from propaganda and hoaxes

by UNTV   |   Posted on Tuesday, February 6th, 2018

At Wakefield High School in Arlington, Virginia, 12th grade students comb through news articles and social media content over their laptops.

Using a digital curriculum called Checkology developed by Bethesda-based non-profit News Literacy Project, they are learning to differentiate between news and opinion, propaganda and satire.

Their teacher, Patricia Hunt, uses current news affairs such as immigration and government shutdowns, as well as social media posts and TV shows to teach them signs of a fake or legitimate news item.

The explosion of social media and a rise in fake automated accounts called bots that spread false information like wildfire during the 2016 presidential elections was a wake-up call to ensure the fight against fake news was equipped for the digital age.

“They’re not exposed in the same way to mainstream media like i grew up with. They are really prone to the trappings of these fake news websites or just social media in general. What is legitimate and what is not legitimate. They really need exposure and they need those skills,” says hunt,” said Hunt.

In 2017, eleven states, including Virginia, California, New York, and New Jersey, have introduced or are considering bills that would introduce media literacy skills into the classroom.

The term ‘fake news’ gained currency as a buzzword during the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Alan Miller, the News Literacy Project founder has been working with students since 2009, teaching media literacy skills in after-school programs in New York, Washington, and Chicago.

“It’s the technology, the profound technological changes and the way that people — the access they have to information and the challenge of sorting the informational wheat from the chaff, that have really made this such an urgent matter,” said the founder.

Miller says Checkology, launched in May 2016, now reaches hundreds of thousands of students in 81 countries, with more than 11,000 educators in the United States alone, who have registered to use the virtual classroom program.

“if somebody that’s ignorant of the facts that’s going on in the world right now can become really fearful, then that stops them from going out and speaking up for themselves and their community,” said Salvador Posas, a student. — Reuters


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Newly appointed PNP spokesperson vows to fight fake news

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, February 1st, 2018

MANILA, Philippines – The newly appointed spokesperson of the Philippine National Police (PNP) admits that the position he is now handling poses him a big challenge.

But on his first day as the voice of the PNP, he promised to fight fake news and propaganda.

PNP spokesperson and PNP PIO chief PC/Supt. John Bulalacao believes that information is powerful, and asks for the help of the legitimate media to fight for fake news.

“Information that is properly managed is a reflective of leadership that is not only responsible, mature and accountable but also one that conveys integrity, sincerity, and clarity of vision and purpose,” Bulalacao said.

He said it is important to help the public distinguish the real news from those who just want to deceive.

Bulalacao added that he will be more transparent and open to the public.

“We should be able to help the public in distinguishing truth from propaganda, facts from fake news, objectivity, and impartiality, from sensationalism and demagoguery,” Bulalacao said.

Prior to his appointment, Bulalacao served as the regional directorial staff of the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO).

He also served as the deputy director of the Logistics Support Service and Chief of Staff of the Civil Security Group, Assistant Chief of the Firearms and Explosives Office and as Provincial Director of Cavite.

Bulalacao is a member of Philippine Military Academy (PMA) Maringal Class of 1988. – Lea Ylagan | UNTV News & Rescue

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No need to enact new laws to curb spread of “fake news” on social media – experts

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, January 31st, 2018

During the Senate Inquiry, Tuesday, stakeholders focused on how to prevent the spread of disinformation and misinformation and how to hold accountable those behind fake online news sites.

MANILA, Philippines – Legitimate media practitioners believe that the government needs to strictly implement the existing laws to address and to prevent the proliferation of false information online or what commonly known as fake news.

“I don’t believe that we should have more legislation,” said Rappler CEO & Chief Executive Editor Maria Ressa.

“Because the traditional media basically we’re brick and mortar. We exist. We’ve addressed. We have people who are seen, heard, etc,” said Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas (KBP) legal counsel Atty. Rejie Jularbal.

During the Senate Inquiry, Tuesday, stakeholders focused on how to prevent the spread of disinformation and misinformation and how to hold accountable those behind fake online news sites.

They believe there is no need to enact new laws. What needs to be done is that the government and legitimate media organizations should cooperate in providing knowledge or teaching social media users about their obligations.

“In teaching people that verifying truthful information, giving the tools to do that is important,” UP-College of Mass Communication Professor Dr. Clarissa David said.

Several bloggers, meanwhile, criticized the government, noting it has no clear policy regarding the use of social media.

“Government offices and officials have no clear policy about social media use,” said blogger Tonyo Cruz.

In line with this, Senator Grace Poe slammed the blog of Presidential Communications Office (PCOO) Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson.

“Perhaps that this is a conflict of interest and it should be shut down,” said Poe.

On the other hand, PCOO Secretary Martin Andanar defended the former sexy starlet’s blog.

“The Mocha Blog does not represent PCOO. I have called her out a few times and she has also taken down a few,” Andanar said.

In the course of the hearing, Senator Pacquiao recommended the creation of a registration system for bloggers.

“There is no problem as long as they inform us their names,” Sen. Manny Pacquiao said.

However, the KBP believes the Senator’s proposal is implausible.

“Outside over the country you can still do your blog and be accessible in the Philippines, where’s the equality of protection there,” Jularbal said.

In the next hearing on the spread of fake news on social media, the Senate will invite representatives from two giant telecommunication firms and several social media platforms.

The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) will also be invited to present its draft executive order on government agencies’ social media rules. – Nel Maribojoc | UNTV News & Rescue

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