Vice President Leni Robredo during her interview with Ted Failon expresses her dismay on social media attacks against her family that allegedly deprive the public to get to know her. She admits that these online platforms become the medium of public opinion. Bongbong Marcos, on the other hand, only has nice words for these digital media outlets. Marcos stresses its benefit of getting answered in real-time may the post be true or not. He believes that the people’s voice must not be suppressed. The outpour of public sentiments online continues as the people wait for the VP election recount date.
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Bloggers should not Stop
Marcos said bloggers should not be stopped from expressing their thoughts online – whether or not they spout truthful statements. He believes the responsibility rests on the readers to stop reading blogs and posts they know are making false claims. I think the approach is wrong, because why would you suppress bloggers? I’ve been saying to just let them be because the internet is the great equalizer. If you read the blog and you see it’s full of lies, then don’t read it! That’s an opinion. Everyone is allowed to express their thoughts.
He said the responsibility rests on readers to read online posts with a grain of salt. “So if you don’t know what they’re saying. If you believe that they’re lying or this person is not in their right mind, then don’t read! Just listen to the people who you know are wise. You have to allow people to express themselves, Marcos added.
Senate Hearing on Fake News
The Senate committee on public information and mass media conducted a hearing on the alleged online fake news recently. The panel, particularly its chairperson Senator Grace Poe did a good job for inviting Rey Joseph Nieto of Thinking Pinoy and Communications Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson.
VP Election Recount Progress