Last updated on May 24th, 2021 at 04:34 pm
Founded in 2012, the Rappler is an online news site based in Manilla, Philippines, founded by Maria Ressa. One of the distinguishing features of Rappler is its “Mood Meter,” consisting of bubbles showing the way people react to certain news. The Mood Meter is embedded in each story. Users are asked, “how does this story make you feel?” and are given 8 different emotions to choose from – happy, sad, angry, afraid, annoyed, inspired, amused, and don’t care.
According to their about page “Rappler’s team of data scientists, analysts, and journalists is behind some of the world’s most groundbreaking work on disinformation and the impact of unregulated platforms on politics, democracy, freedom, human rights, and security.”
Due to Rappler’s opposition to President Duterte, they have faced numerous harassment and legal issues.
Funded by / Ownership
Rappler Holdings Corporation, which is in turn owned by Dolphin Fire Group (31.21%), Maria Ressa (23.77%), Hatchd Group (17.86%), Benjamin So (17.86%), and 9.3 percent of minority shares, owns Rappler. Advertising generates revenue.
Analysis / Bias
Rappler reports news from the Philippines. They are fiercely opposed to President Duterte and his anti-drug campaign where he advocates killing drug users. They also frequently report on the police with emotional wording such as this Cop arrested for robbery-extortion in Agusan Del Norte.
The Rappler is also a certified IFCN fact-checker. However, Poynter Institute reports that fact-checkers in the Philippines are under attack by the Government: Philippine fact-checkers are under attack — again. These attacks have resulted in the chief executive of Rappler, Maria Ressa to be arrested and placed in jail.
Editorially, the Rappler is opposed to the right-wing authoritarian government and critical of President Duterte such as this [OPINION | Newspoint] A nation held to ransom.
When reporting international news, Rappler is relatively low biased and straightforward. Further, when reporting on USA politics, they report with minimal bias. Finally, from an editorial perspective, they align with the left supporting gay rights, such as this LGBT rights are human rights. In general, they report the news factually and with a left-leaning bias.
Failed Fact Checks
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Overall, we rate The Rappler Left-Center biased based on editorial positions that favor the left. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing of information and serving as an IFCN Fact-Checker. (D. Van Zandt 5/16/2017) Updated (5/24/2021)