CLAIM: Boy Abunda criticized and called Michelle Dee “irresponsible” for disclosing financial information that could destabilize the Philippines. 


An X ad falsely claimed that TV host Boy Abunda had criticized Michelle Dee on his show “Fast Talk” aired last year, Oct. 30. 

In a now-deleted post, the X user @AgnesSanch6957 stated: “Boy Abunda, the host of the well-known “Fast Talk” show, criticized Michelle Dee for being “irresponsible” and stated on air that “revealing financial information of this scale has the potential to disrupt the stability of Philippine society.” 

The user also posted a photo of Dee’s interview with an embedded link directing to a dubious website. 

However, contrary to the post, the interview was about Dee’s preparation for the Miss Universe 2023 pageant, held last year on Nov. 19. Abunda also did not criticize her during the interview.

X owner Elon Musk’s first year since buying the social media platform has been challenging for fact-checkere. 

The platform’s new policy, “Freedom of Speech, Not Reach,” only limits visibility instead of taking down posts violating its rules.

In November 2023, several advertisers withdrew from the platform, worried their ads might be shown next to harmful content, including pro-Nazi content and hate speech. Rushelle Intia

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