Social media in the age of likes, fakes, and trolls

Monday, March 13, 2017
4:00 PM
5:00 PM
Case Study Room, Social Sciences Building, Ateneo de Manila University
The Department of Communication
Asian Center for Journalism
invite you to a talk titled
Social media in the age of likes, fakes, and trolls
by Chay F. Hofileña
13 March 2017 (Monday)
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Case Study Room
Social Sciences Building

Filipinos are now the top users of social media worldwide, spending an average of 4 hours and 17 minutes a day. 58% of the Philippine population have active accounts on Facebook, the top social network with 1.87 billion users as of January 2017. This huge community on social media presents both possibilities and perils. Of late, there has been a proliferation of fake Facebook accounts, sock puppets or trolls, fake news, and even fake news sites. They conspire to create a false perception of reality, leading uncritical audiences to accept as truth what is, in fact, propaganda and lies being propagated on social media. Our newsfeeds are shaped by Facebook’s algorithm, which is dictated by “likes” that can be boosted by organized networks. We are seeing polarization on social media, facilitated by echo chambers and filter bubbles. What does this mean for our democracy? We used to say social media can be used for social good. Is this still possible in this age of likes, fakes and trolls?
Chay F. Hofileña teaches news writing, investigative journalism and media ethics in the Department of Communication and Asian Center for Journalism at the Ateneo de Manila University. Currently, she is head of the investigative desk of Rappler, a social news network. A multi-awarded investigative journalist, her works include News for Sale: The Corruption and Commercialization of the Philippine Media (2004) and (with Miriam Grace Go) Ambition, Destiny, Victory: Stories from a Presidential Election(2011).