The Philippines’ digitalization journey has paved the way for more widespread use of the Internet, but along with its advancement, there is also a risk of abuse. An example of this is fake news, a problem that the country has been struggling with for several years.
Among the difficult topics on which fake news often appears is the national government’s ongoing vaccination efforts. The fake news created uncertainty among a number of Filipinos and caused confusion among many about the available vaccines in the country.
Here are some of the most disturbing false claims that are being circulated:
– Those who are vaccinated against COVID-19 have microchips inserted, making them vulnerable to 24/7 tracking.
– COVID-19 vaccines contain the COVID-19 virus.
– Vaccines against COVID-19 may pose health risks
These false claims are rapidly spreading through social media and other digital channels. Without insight, the public can easily become intimidated by vaccination because of its supposed harmful effects.
Through its Truth in Action campaign, the Globe supports the private sector program INGAT ANGAT Bakuna Lahat to educate the public about vaccine safety and encourage everyone to do their part to end this pandemic. The campaign takes a different approach, using a series of videos illustrating people’s erroneous claims about vaccines. It also includes a commitment that encourages the public to become responsible digital citizens and avoid the spread of malicious and false information online.
“As a provider of digital solutions, we hope to educate the public about the dangers of fake news, especially during a pandemic. We are calling on our fellow Filipinos for responsible digital citizenship, which is especially important at this time when the proper dissemination of information is critical to achieving national rebirth,” said Yoli K. Crisanto, Globe Chief Sustainability and Senior Vice President of Corporate communications.
In these times of uncertainty and confusion, the Globe re-emphasizes the importance of obtaining critical information only from trusted news sources and that we digital citizens must practice freedom of expression responsibly. Think, research and think again before you click and believe everything that is written on the Internet.
The Truth in Action campaign is part of the Globe’s commitment to two UN Sustainable Development Goals. SDG 9 highlights the role of infrastructure and innovation as critical drivers of economic growth and development. SDG 17 aims to strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development. Globe is committed to the principles of the United Nations Global Compact and the 10 UN SDGs.
To learn more about the Globe’s sustainability efforts, visit https://www.globe.com.ph/about-us/sustainability.html.