• Duterte’s supporters migrated from Facebook to VK, the so-called “Facebook of Russia”
  • The migration of Duterte supporters to VK appeared to be in response to Facebook’s tapping of Rappler as fact checker
  • Singer Jimmy Bondoc said he would start a nationwide campaign to delete Facebook

Supporters of President Rodrigo Duterte migrated to another social media platform after Facebook allegedly tapped Rappler and Vera Files as fact checkers.

According to Philstar, the migration of many of President Duterte’s supporters from Facebook to VKontakte (VK) appeared to be in response to Facebook’s third-party fact-checking initiative. As fact checkers, Vera Files and Rappler will review news stories flagged by Facebook users as possibly containing false information.

Singer Jimmy Bondoc, who is also Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation Assistant Vice President for Entertainment, warned that he would initiate a nationwide campaign to delete Facebook if its partnership with Rappler pushes through.

Bondoc urged his supporters to migrate to another social media.

Similarly, Paula Defensor-Knack, sister of the late Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago, urged her fellow Duterte supporters to create accounts in VK, but advised them not to delete their Facebook accounts.

VKontacte (Russian for “in contact”), which started in late 2006, is a social media platform that is available in several languages, but is very popular to Russian-speaking users. It has more than 400 million registered users and around 85 million active users.