According to the Yellowtard @MrFrankBaraan, Twitter users are smart “fact checkers” and Facebook users are stupid trolls!

In a recent tweet, the self-described “human rights activist” and “democracy advocate” issued his assessment of the intelligence of members of the two big social media platforms…

Not only is he calling Facebook users stupid, he is also accusing them of being paid hacks funded by Filipino taxpayers.

One wonders a very basic wonder… Does Frank Baraan IV have proof to back his assertions?

Perhaps Baraan fails to see the irony in his statements — words that have, themselves, not been subject to a proper fact check even by himself.

Interestingly enough, there continues a persistent mystery surrounding the possible involvement of his father, Francisco Baraan the Third, in the thriving drug trade in the Philippines. Indeed the questions continue to be asked… Was he really involved in drug trafficking at the New Bilibid Prisons?

Lots of disturbing questions surrounding former Undersecretary Francisco Baraan III remain unanswered to this day.

Considering a quaint cottage industry of so-called “fact checkers” has sprung up all over the Philippines’ social media scene, no facts have actually emerged to clarify this matter.

Yellowtard-led Opposition spreading unverified information in last ditch effort to win 2019 elections!

They’re up to the same tricks again, spreading unverified reports of “narco-lists”, whistleblowers named “Bikoy”, and accompanying documents of dubious authenticity. The Opposition led by Liberal Party partisans (a.k.a. the Yellowtards) are making good once again on a track record of dishonest “information” campaigns.

Back in 2012, then-newbie “new media” site Rappler dot com sprung up out of nowhere propagating factoids surrounding the impeachment trial of then Chief Justice Renato Corona. It’s as if this “social news network” headed by its CEO Maria Ressa was created specifically for the job of demonising Corona.

Then came Pinoy Ako Blog just in time to boost the comms requirements of the Yellowtards in the campaign leading to the 2016 elections. Again, another channel magically springing up out of nowhere spewing drivel to contribute to the cause of getting the Yellowtards back in power.

A video is one thing and a cadre of “cooperative” corporate media organisations to help spread it is another. But the big question one needs to ask is whether the “evidence” in these videos will pass the standards of real Philippine courts. Do the Opposition have a legal roadmap to bring to justice those characters in the video whom they suggest have done something wrong? Unlikely. Their aim is not justice but merely to slander.