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Monday, March 25, 2019

Maria Ressa | Reclaiming the Truth: Fighting Fake News, How Trolls and Bots Fuel the Rise of Global Fascism

Press Conference and Panel Discussion with Time Magazine’s Person of the Year Philippine journalist Maria Ressa

March 25, 2019 Monday 1:30pm (PDT)

Bayanihan Community Center
SOMA Pilipinas, Filipino  Cultural and Heritage District

Maria Ressa, journalist and Time Magazine’s Person of the Year, will brief the community and members of the press about her recent speaking engagement in San Francisco, which included top Democrats James Carville and Andrew Gillum. Ressa is the CEO of Philippine online news outlet Rappler.

Ressa, a Filipino American, recently told an audience that the Philippines’ experiences foreshadow what happens in the U.S. “The Philippines is now the tip of the arrow in a global fight for democracy - from the weaponization of social media against perceived enemies like journalists to weaponizing the law against (political opponents) - and most recently, me,” said Ressa.

Ressa spoke on the parallels between Russian bots and pro-Duterte trolls that are weaponizing the internet, and how she holds social media giants Facebook and Twitter accountable as the new gatekeepers of truth. 

Russian trolls and their role in Trump’s election are some of the subjects of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report on Russian interference in the 2016 election.

Ressa’s media outlet Rappler is Facebook’s fact-checking partner in the Philippines.

Ressa will also deliver a keynote address for the National Summit for Human Rights and Democracy in the Philippines this April 6-8 in Washington D.C. hosted by the Malaya Movement.

Contributed MMSEVY19325

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