Facebook Removes Fake Pages, Accounts Linked To PH Police, Military

Facebook removed fake pages and accounts allegedly linked to the Philippine police and the Philippine military.

Facebook recently removed a network of fake pages and accounts allegedly linked to the Philippine police and the Philippine military.

This, as the said pages and accounts had been taken down due to coordinated inauthentic behavior (CIB) — a violation of Facebook’s community standards.

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Nathaniel Gleicher — the Head of Security Policy at Facebook — said in a virtual press briefing on Tuesday that his team saw “several clusters of connected activity” to comment, to post content, and to manage pages which escalated in 2019 and 2020.

The said network posted about the military’s activities against terrorism, domestic politics, criticism of communism, the anti-terrorism bill, youth activists and the opposition, criticism of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP), the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP), and the New People’s Army (NPA).

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Gleicher said that they’re attributing the said network to the Philippine police and the Philippine military. In particular, Gleicher added, they found links behind the said network that were connected to both of these organizations and individuals associated with those organizations.

When asked for an elaboration, Gleicher said that Facebook has to be careful with disclosing technical evidence that actors might use in order to evade enforcement in the platform.

A total of 57 Facebook accounts, 31 Facebook pages, and 20 Instagram accounts have been taken down. Also, 5,500 users followed the Instagram accounts, while around 276,000 accounts followed the Facebook pages.

Previously, Facebook reportedly blocked fake accounts linked to Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro.

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