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    by Samantha Joy L. Ragay and Jenny Rose Vicente

    Posted on 2018-11-23 16:52:58

    Head of “Bayan Mo, Ipatrol Mo” Rowena Carranza Paraan graced St. Paul University Dumaguete (SPUD) with her presence as she gave an informative talk on Media Disinformation and Fake News last October 27, 2018 at the Fr. Louis Chauvet Hall.

    The program started with a prayer followed by the opening remarks of Vice President for Academic Affairs Sr. Dina Alilain, SPC as she some insights about the cause and effect of using social media. She added that fake news is one of the hottest and most controversial issues that the country is facing today. She also believed that now is the time to know, learn, spot, and stop the said issue before it ruins the country entirely. She ended her speech by saying, “False news travels halfway around the world while truth is putting on its shoes.”

    Ms. Paraan, a highly esteemed and respectable expert in the field of social media with great interest in seeking truth, justice, and integrity in today’s time, said that “information is power while disinformation is content created to confuse or mislead the public.” Paraan believes that there are ways on how one can detect fake news. One is that it is badly written, contains fantastic claims and outlandish headlines, and has no news sources or attributions. She advised the Paulinian community to check the uniform resource locator (URL) of the site, read the about pages, read beyond the headlines, check the images, check the date, and lastly, conduct an image research.

    Paraan says, “Ang balita ay isang bagay na chineck mo kung totoo, kinuha mo lahat ng panig, tinignan mo ang detalye, at binigyan mo ng tamang konteksto. [News is something that you verify by gathering all sides of those concerned, checking all details, and giving the proper context.]”

    The “Bayan Mo, Ipatrol Mo” head added that while news is based on facts, it is supposed to be something that has undergone verification. She added that news alerts the people and the information it provides allows people to come up with decisions. According to her, “Information connects us. But, it is also said that technology leads to proliferation of disinformation.”

    Before Ms. Paraan ended her talk, she made the entire Paulinian community do a pledge to be a responsible individual in using social media. It is important to study fake news and on how it is used against people. Disinformation is not just fake news but definitely has an impact in the future, especially on freedom of expression and information. Fake news now is deliberately being used to manipulate people so it’s best to always be aware, alert, and conscious because as the cliché quote says, “Information is power.”

    External Affairs Manager Mr. Josefino T. Larena said in his closing remarks that it’s important to use social media to promote good news and not to destroy the integrity as a society. He emphasized on the fact that this media awareness forum will teach the Paulinian community the right information, how to disseminate information, and how to determine fake news.

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