exploited Filipino journalist and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Maria Ressa, His newfound fame for criticizing social networking site Facebook as a threat to democracy, saying it fails to prevent hate speech and disinformation and is “biased against the facts.”
Journalist and director of the Philippine news site Rappler told Reuters in an interview after the award was announced that Facebook’s algorithms “prioritize spreading lies mixed with anger and hate to the facts.”
His comments add to recent pressure on Facebook, which is used by more than three billion people, after a former company employee turned out to be a snitch and accused the company of putting profits first. the fight against hate speech and the spread of disinformation. . Facebook denies any wrongdoing.
Ressa said Facebook has become one of the world’s largest distributors of information, “but it is biased against the facts and against journalism.”
Risa has been the target of intense hate campaigns on social media by his supporters Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, Which, she said, was aimed at destroying the reputation of her news site.
Risa in a police station in the Philippines in 2019
This is because many people in the Philippines hailed their fellow journalist’s Nobel Peace Prize on Saturday as a blow to official attacks on the media, but President Duterte, who criticized the private news site Presa, did not comment on this.
Ressa was released on bail after challenging her six-year prison sentence last year for defamation, and faces a host of other charges.
Duterte had described the Rappler news site, co-founded by Resa, as “fake media” and a tool for the CIA.
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte
Sharing the Nobel Peace Prize With Russian investigative journalist Dmitry Muratov.
Carlos Isagani Sarati, a member of the Filipino opposition, said the government was in a difficult position. “The palace’s complete silence says a lot about how they have treated Maria Ressa in the past and how this appreciation for her has caught them,” he told Reuters. “It’s a personal slap in the face for Duterte, who insults his opponents, especially the women,” he said.
It should be noted that Duterte’s government has repeatedly denied persecuting its critics in the media.