AFP, PNP Rejects Pro-Duterte Accounts Taken Down By Facebook
CHINA BASED ACCOUNTS – The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) rejects the Pro-Duterte accounts shut down by Facebook.
Recently, Facebook removed over 150 pro-Duterte pages and accounts whose origins were traced back to China. Apparently, these accounts and pages were linked to the military and the police. However, the content these accounts were posting consists primarily of red-tagging activists and dissents.
Along with this, most of the accounts also supported the possible Presidential bid of President Duterte’s daughter, Sarah Duterte. But, as the controversy began to heat up, both the AFP and PNP disowned the accounts linked to them.
Meanwhile, an article from Inquirer stated that Malacañang believed Facebook should be unbiased when it came to removing accounts. On the other hand, Nathaniel Gleicher, Facebook’s cybersecurity policy chief said the banned accounts had “coordinated inauthentic behavior”.
Moreover, Maj. Gen. Edgard Arevalo, the military’s spokesperson said all accounts of the military were still active. Additionally, the bans prompted the military to review personal accounts of its officers to remind them of policies and etiquette.
In lieu of these events, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque hoped Facebook would “exercise prudence in all its actions to remove any doubt of bias given its power, influence and reach”.
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