Nobel peace prize winner and head of the Philippine news site Rappler, Maria Ressa, has denounced social networking giant, Facebook, for its inability to prevent hatred and disinformation.
Maria Ressa said social media giants are “fact-biased”. The veteran journalist said in a post-award interview that Facebook’s algorithms “prioritize the spread of lies with anger and hatred of facts.”
The comment came after a former employee became a whistleblower. Facebook, however, has denied the allegations with founder Mark Zuckerberg himself posting a lengthy explanation, days following the whistleblower’s allegations. A Facebook representative in the Philippines has not responded to a request for comment on Ressa’s remarks.
She said Facebook has become the world’s largest news distributor “still biased towards facts and biased towards journalism.” (AW)