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Politiko : Epic fail! Rappler deletes Facebook poll after exposure of propaganda moves

News & Interviews
14 October 2021

By Politiko

In a rare occurrence, Rappler deleted its Facebook poll on 2022 presidential aspirants after some netizens noticed the possible use of troll accounts to improve the standing of certain politikos.

Rappler apologized in a statement Wednesday (October 13) and said that the poll “was not the best way to engage meaningfully.”

“After posting the said graphic, we realized it was not aligned with out objective so we have decided to take it down. We thank our loyal readers and supporters who rightfully called us out and who continue to help us do better,” the website said.

Rappler asked Facebook users in an October 7 poll to respond with a specific emoji to indicate their preferred presidential bet. Its poll had the question: “Who is your presidential bet for the 2022 elections?”

An amused emoji is a vote for Senator Panfilo Lacson, a thumbs up sign for Manila Mayor Isko Moreno, a heart emoji for Vice President Leni Robredo, a shocked emoji for former senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., and a caring emoji for Senator Manny Pacquiao.

Curiously, only the netizens who responded with a shocked emoji for Marcos were listed in the post. There was no data available for the other emojis, except for the total number of netizens who clicked the particular emoji.

Rappler’s managing editor, Glenda Gloria, blamed the website’s “small crew” for allowing the Facebook poll to stay online for almost a week.

“This should have come earlier, but we hope you understand that our small crew has been running like crazy the past few days too. All in good faith. Thank you for helping us do better,” she said in a Facebook post.