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Think before you believe: Vico Sotto tells netizens to be vigilant vs fake news

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Pasig Mayor Vico Sotto is urging netizens to be more discerning about the information they read online because fake news is rampant.

In an Instagram story posted on Monday, April 12, Sotto shared a screenshot of a Facebook post showing him in a hospital. There were photos of himself wearing a hospital gown and lying in bed. The post’s caption read: “Get well soon Mayor Vico Sotto (Photos courtesy of the mayor).”

Sotto said the photos were taken in 2017, before he became mayor.

“Ito, fake news na more or less harmless (mula 2017 pa ang picture). Pero pano pag seryosong topic na? Pano pag eleksyon na, loloko lokohin na naman tayo ng mga malalaki ang budget sa social media?” he asked.

“Kung di tayo magiging mapanuri, ano nang mangyayari sa tin? Ugaliin natin ang pagkukwestyon sa bawat nakikita natin sa social media. Halimbawa, ‘Baka lumang larawan? Edited? Baka imbentong quote?” Sotto said.