Facebook Labels 'State-Controlled Media' in the Philippines
Facebook has started labeling what it believes to be state-controlled media organizations in the Philippines. The measure seeks to hold pages accountable.
State-Controlled Media and Editorial Independence
According to Facebook, "state-controlled media" are media outlets that Facebook believes may be partially or wholly under the editorial control of their government. This label is based on Facebook's research and assessment against a set of criteria developed for this purpose.
"Facebook seeks to identify these organizations by using our definition and standards to review their ownership, governance, sources of funding, and processes that may help ensure editorial independence," Facebook explains.
The labels are not permanent and will be applied on a rolling basis to organizations globally when Facebook determines that publishers meet its criteria of editorial independence.
"We do not consider public media organizations that are publicly financed, retain a public service mission, and demonstrate independent editorial control to be state-controlled media under our definition and will not apply the label to these organizations at this time," wrote Facebook.