Old Facebook post triggers confusion

An old social media post created a stir on Tuesday after claiming the provincial government suspended classes on Wednesday, which was untrue since the post was from last year.

As this developed, the Capitol clarified the circulating news about thesuspension of classes on social media after the post has repeatedly been shared. The post said the classes in kindergarten, elementary and high school were suspended due to high rainfall level.

A post from the Facebook page linked to a local radio station, claimed classes are suspended on Wednesday.

While Bohol was experiencing intermittent light to moderate rainfall on Tuesday, there was no announcement of public storm signal that warrants suspension of classes.

The local radio station’s Facebook page appealed to netizens in refraining from sharing the post from last year, since it has confused.

The post was part of the memory or old posts, known as On This Day, which the social media giant routinely provides users and was shared by some netizens. Those who shared the post thought the post was new, unaware that it was from 2017.

In his Facebook page, Bohol Gov. Edgar Chatto said there is no truth to the announcement of no classes which was circulating on social media.

He appealed to netizens for the responsible use of social media.

At the same time, Chatto urged the public to get their information via official Facebook pages of the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRMMO),and its operations arm, the Telephone and Radio System Integrated Emergency Response (TaRSIER).

The Facebook page of the local radio station clarified the issue and said it wasn’t them who shared the post, but netizens who thought the post was current.


It wasn’t a case of fake news since it was real news, but from a year ago.

It is more like expired news that was circulated and caught folks unaware of being a year old.

The news was surfaced as part of On This Day feature of Facebook where an old memory was circulated.

This feature was introduced by the social media giant back in 2015 to give users a glimpse into the past and to piggyback on the idea of athrowback.

Facebook said it got feedback from users about wanting to see old photos and other memories shared on the social networking site.

Facebook made it easier for users to remember what happened in the past with this feature.

However, it seems the feature was not used to remember what happened but used to draw people to think something is about to happen.

On This Day will show content that happened in the past from a particular date.

Last year, it was indeed true the provincial government declared thesuspension of classes due to the inclement weather.

However, last week, the weather was fine, which does not warrant any suspension of class on account of the bad weather.

The incident brings about netizens being more circumspect about what they read on social media and to think before they share anything that may confuse. (Dave S. Albarado)



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