Lazy journalism: Is Filipino public sentiment really against Mocha Uson’s UST award?

So Mocha Uson plans to return her “Thomasian Alumni Award for Government Service” and University of Santo Tomas (UST) Alumni Association president Henry Tenedero has resigned following unfavourable “Netizens’ reactions”. Both are responses to the “public backlash” resulting from the latter granting this award to the earlier. Presumably, the so-called negative “Netizens’ reactions” is representative […]

Good Filipino Catholics agree: Mocha Uson deserves her UST award!

People who are frothing in the mouth over the University of Santo Tomas’s (UST) Alumni Association awarding Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson distinction for government service should just get over it. “Awards” by institutions nowadays have long been under blanket suspicion anyway. Data generated by social media activity had taken over as more reliable indicators of […]

@Facebook’s troubles started when it implemented its newsfeed algorithm to decide what we “wanted”

Following the screeching fits of people like Rappler CEO Maria Ressa who put the blame on the so-called modern-day “scourge” of “fake news” squarely on Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg has struck back. Zuck has reportedly axed news media’s access to our prized Facebook newsfeeds and pulled the revenue rug from under the feet of news media […]

Baffling logic: Maria Ressa blames Facebook for the Philippines’ political dysfunction

There is something disturbingly familiar about the way Maria Ressa, CEO of “social news network” Rappler, blames social media giant Facebook for her troubles and even that of the Philippines’. In a recent tweet, Ressa cites the news report, Mark Zuckerberg makes ‘fixing’ Facebook a personal goal for 2018 (which she republished on Rappler) and […]

Rappler CEO Maria Ressa spreads fake news that Duterte is “authoritarian” and Zuckerberg is “greedy”

There are people who show their ignorance without realising it. These people champion themselves as moral crusaders and behave like they are God’s gifts to humanity. They think they have the moral high-ground when it comes to how people should conduct themselves especially on social media. Take the case of social news network Rappler CEO […]

We are still waiting for @MariaRessa to “take back the Internet”

Recall the famous call of Rappler CEO Maria Ressa to “take back the Internet” (or something to that effect) more than a year ago. It was a call dripping in self-righteous pomposity which my colleague ChinoF wrote about… One of the country’s prominent mainstream media personalities in this country posted, “Time to Take back the […]

A desperate Maria Ressa blames Facebook for Rappler’s inevitable demise

Maria Ressa, CEO of “social news site” Rappler has gone too far. Rather than own up to her failure to build a credible news media organisation that could compete in the free market of ideas, she, instead, takes it upon herself to appoint Facebook as “the new gatekeeper to information” and then proceed to accuse […]

Why the family of Ica Policarpio is not entitled to their privacy — according to the rules of social media

The very moment Bea Policarpio issued an appeal for help for her then-“missing” sister Ica Policarpio on Facebook on the 21st December, the whole affair became public domain. For some reason, perhaps with some “help” from well-connected or influential people, or perhaps simply because Ica Policarpio herself appealed to the average Netizen’s itchy Share, Like, […]