The director general of the Philippine Information Agency, Harold Clavite encouraged communicators to practice effective and responsible sharing of information and to use their platforms to help improve the public’s quality of life.
Clavite said during the Kapehan sa Dabaw on Monday at SM City that fake news became a major problem for government institutions in Mindanao and emerged a global phenomenon.
“Fake news are circulating through Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Messenger, Youtube, and other social media platforms, which is becoming a serious problem in our society today,” he added.
Clavite said that fake news is easier than ever in online-social media. The content and context of the news are now subjected to mere contest of popularity.
“In other words, there is a disregard of what is real and actual in exchange of what is popular in and through the media,” Clavite said.
He said that public needs to be responsible in dissemination information and a responsible sharer.
“Fake news has a lot of negative impacts. For one, it deliberately changes an individual’s view on a certain issue, or perhaps, it plants uncertainty in one’s mindset,” Clavite said.
He said that it gives the millennial a toxic way of thinking, which makes their social involvement complicated and it bends their principles and beliefs.
Clavite mention that they will be organizing the first National Information Convention in partnership with the Presidential Communications Operations Office this coming February 19-21 at SMX Lanang Convention Center in Davao City.
He said that the convention seeks to get the cooperation and support of the participants to help fight fake news and improve media literacy among Filipinos.
“The event highlights on how to counter fake news and communicate good news to empower local communities,” he said.
He added that it aims to strengthen partnership between private and public sector communicators and help nurture a well-informed and enlightened citizenry.