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The 10th Media Monitor can now be posted here with deadline extended to Friday up to 5pm of that day April 20, 2018. (Late posts, as stated before, will be considered submitted for the next media monitor and are a forfeit for the current one — to be fair to class members who meet deadlines and are diligent).
A regular or a bonus post may be submitted but not both. Only one media monitor post per week will be credited.
No repetition of bonus topics will be allowed (the second “repeated” bonus topic will be credited as a regular and not a bonus post).l
The following is an additional bonus topic/title, and it is not a review of media content but a critical analysis on your part of Facebook-Rappler-VeraFiles team-up to fact-check content on Facebook. In particular, please evaluate the process by which the factchecking will be done, as reported in Rappler, as follows:
(my notes: The fact-checkers will determine “falsehood” and will most probably rank the stories based on determination of “falsehood”: Those with a low ranking will be less visible in the News Feed of “friends and followers”). FIRST GUIDE QUESTION FOR YOUR COMMENTARY: Do you see any problem with your post not appearing in the News Feed of your friends and followers based on being ranked as low in terms of “truthfulness” and “falsehood”? Explain using the theories of the press. The process is further described as follows: “People who will try share a fake story will receive a notification that the post has been determined by the fact checker to be false. “For pages that frequently share false stories, their post distribution will be reduced and their ability to monetize and advertise will likely be removed.” (Ibid) SECOND GUIDE QUESTION FOR YOUR COMMENTARY: Using the many layers and standards of the Society of Professional Journalists Code of Ethics (under “Seek the truth and Report it”, which includes accuracy, context, avoiding oversimplification, identifying sources, striving for balance and fairness, etc.) do you see any tricky issues in simply determining “falsehood”, or determining that a post is false? Explain using examples.
Now is the time to show your critical discourse savvy in your commentary, for bonus points.