Disney, Nestle and other major brands pulls their ads from YouTube
February 18, 2019, a YouTuber named
Matt Watson in his channel MattsWhatItIs uploaded a video where he exposed that
YouTube (being a content provider) supports and monetizes sexual exploitation
of children through a “wormhole”. This “wormhole” as explained by Watson,
allows pedophiles to track and trade child porn from different users through
the comment section of the video being watched. The video had 3.3 million views
and gaining mass media attention where he calls out advertisers to withdraw
their ads from the site.
Within a few days, major brands
like Disney, Nestle, Epic Games, Hasbro, Dr. Oetker, and AT&T pulled their
ads as the issue continues to take over in the internet. Meanwhile, according
to fandom.com, Youtube’s response regarding the controversy was to remove and
suspend more than 400 YouTube channels as they are trying to fix the problem reporting
offending users to law enforcement.
However, companies boycotting from the
site would mean a great fear to other content creators and YouTubers for they
will be wrongfully demonetized and banned from the site.
Watson’s call to action receives many criticisms from other content creators because of his wrong approach of calling out advertisers and using #Youtubewakeup stating that it would hurt creators to hurt in the long run and to discourage smaller or aspiring creators to contribute in the platform.
Duterte Supporters attacks Rappler via Facebook posts
of President Duterte trespassed on Rappler premises on Thursday afternoon,
February 21, 2019 documenting via Facebook live as they denounce the media
organization for tax evasion.
supporters carry with them protest material stating “As a Filipino, I am going
to hold Maria Ressa and Rappler accountable for destroying the image of my
country” as well as “I am not a Filipino troll acting on anyone’s marching
orders. I am 100% Filipino who can love this country more than an American will
supporters who are running for office like Mocha Uson and Bato dela Rosa
immediately reposted the video on Faceboook which ignited several DDS (Diehard
Duterte Supporters) to comment and attack Ressa as well as Rappler.
Rappler issued a statement on Friday, February 22 regarding the incident:
“We have been used to online attacks
and lies against us by loyalists of the President. But this takes it to a new
level. We have taken all precautionary measures to ensure the safety of our
staff. We will be the last to question any peaceful form of protest even if,
and especially if, against us. But we take seriously the incitement to violence
found in the post.”
Facebook has taken down the post on the same day February 22, 2019.
Philippines’ top universities partners with different media
organizations for May 2019 elections fact-checking on February 11, 2019 at
Quezon Hall for MOA signing of “Tsek.ph” spearheaded by UP College of Law, UP College
of Mass Communication, and UP Department of Computer Science.
The said collaboration of different media organizations and
universities is an initiative to launch “Tsek.ph” a fact-checking website to
monitor news and information in connection with the upcoming 2019 elections.
Accordingly, the project is supported by Facebook Journalism
Project, the Meedan group of open-source investigators of digital media, and
the Macaranas Journalism Grant. This project will consequently invite more
media partners in establishing a strong movement in fighting fake news and
So far, the initial fact-checking partners are:
University of the Philippines
Ateneo de Manila University
De La Salle University
World Broadcasting Corp.
UP CMC emphasized that the website is guided by the Code of
Principles of the International Fact-Checking Network (IFCN) to help screen and
supervise platforms, statements, and any election-related materials or
campaigns circulating on social media and communities. These posts or materials
will be rated as “accurate”;
“false”; “misleading”; “no basis”; and, “needs context”. With the establishment
of Tsek.ph, citizens can be involved in this interest and report statements or
claims for fact-checking through online submission.
Present in the assembly as well are UP Department of Journalism’s Professor and Tsek.ph Secretariat Rachel Khan, Professor Yvonne Chua, Professor Maria Diosa Labiste, and UP Vice President for Public Affairs Elena Pernia.
Original Article: UP partners with universities and media orgs for 2019 elections fact-checking