Though in 2014 we were digital enthusiasts, in 2016 I asked permission of Maria Ressa to translate and republish in Ukrainian her investigations for Rappler, how paid trolls have helped shift public opinion on key issues, and how the internet and Facebook in particular were weaponised by President Duterte.
In 2020 Ressa was convicted of libel and she and her site were accused of reporting fake news.
Map of the conversation - visualisation from the investigation
Photo Credit: Rappler
The article was prepared with the support of the Alumni Leadership Action Projects Program of the German Marshall Fund of the United States. The views of the author do not necessarily reflect the views of the Foundation.