A Facebook (FB) Reel falsely claimed that President Ferdinand Marcos claimed interest from the World Bank.
The erroneous FB reel used Manila Bulletin’s video of Marcos ringing the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) closing bell on Sept. 19 (Sept. 20 Philippine time). It appeared three days after Marcos met with World Bank officials in New York.
Captioned “BBM at World Bank,” the video carried text that read: “Pres. BBM nag-wdraw ng interest sa world bank (President Marcos withdraws interest from the World Bank).
It is false. The World Bank is not a commercial bank that accepts deposits, which earn interest based on a deposit interest rate that an individual or entity can withdraw. There is also no connection between the NYSE and the World Bank.
Founded in July 1944 as a result of the Bretton Woods Conference, the World Bank is a financial institution, the primary purpose of which is to support economic development by providing loans for development projects in low-income and middle-income countries.
The World Bank charges and sets an interest rate when a member country makes a direct loan. The bank grants low-interest rates for middle-income countries, while it does not charge interest on top of the loan for poor and developing countries, stated an explainer.
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The incorrect FB video got 86,600 reactions, 125 comments, and 14,000 shares. In the comments section, some netizens called it “fake news.”