Philippines complains Facebook fact-checkers are biased

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MANILA (Reuters) – The Philippines government criticized on Monday Facebook’s (FB.O) choice of two independent online news platforms to help fight the spread of fake news, saying they are biased against President Rodrigo Duterte.

FILE PHOTO: A 3D-printed Facebook logo is seen in front of displayed stock graph in this illustration photo, March 20, 2018. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/File Photo

Facebook said last week it would partner with VERA Files and Rappler IQ to launch a third-party, fact-checking program aimed at preventing the spread of false news on the social media platform in the Philippines.

But Duterte has accused Rappler, which has a reputation for its investigative reporting and its tough questioning, of trying to undermine his government, perhaps with the help of U.S. spies, and the Securities and Exchange Commission has rescinded its operating license for violating foreign ownership rules.

Rappler continues to operate pending an appeal.

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