- Facebook has officially shut down several accounts that were found to back President Rodrigo Duterte and a possible bid of his daughter, Mayor Sara Duterte in the 2022 elections
- The social media giant traced the said accounts to China's Fujian province
- The head of Facebook's security policy announced on Tuesday that the accounts were engaged in "coordinated inauthentic behavior"
- Among the posts that were detected by the social media giant include posting content relating to the interest of Beijing, content that support Duterte and the possibility of Sara Duterte running for president in 2022
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Social media giant Facebook, through its head of security policy, Nathaniel Gleicher, announced on Tuesday night that they have shut down fake accounts based in Fujian, China, which engaged in coordinated inauthentic behavior, Inquirer's Gabriel Pabico Lalu reported.
Among the content propagated by these accounts include support for President Rodrigo Duterte, the interest of China in the South China Sea, criticism of Rappler, and the possibility of Sara Duterte running in 2022's presidential elections.
Aside from this, Facebook has tracked another cluster of accounts, this time linked to the law enforcement sector in the Philippines, particularly to the Philippine National Police and the Armed Forces of the Philippines, reported Jessica Fenol of ABS-CBN.
A Straits Times report indicated that the most widely followed Facebook accounts that were taken down were in the Philippines. They also took down accounts in the U.S., but these only had few followers.
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Previously, Duterte slammed Vice President Robredo because of her COVID-19 remarks. he also said that people must not believe what VP said regarding the government's response.
Former Speaker Alvarez has just called the COVID-19 response of Pres. Duterte as a failure.
Recently, VP Leni Robredo also said that it is not enough to just wait for COVID-19 vaccine.
President Rodrigo Duterte is the 16th president of the Philippines. He became one of the most popular mayors prior to his bid for the presidency. He started his political career when he was appointed as vice mayor officer-in-charge by no other than then Pres. Corazon Aquino right after the 1986 revolution.
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