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PH gov’t wants talks with Facebook over takedown of accounts




The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) has recently released a statement urging Facebook to have talks with government counterparts regarding the removal of Facebook and Instagram accounts with links to the Philippine military and police for coordinated inauthentic behavior (CIB).

According to DILG, the social media networking site took down the accounts without due process. The government agency said that the 57 Facebook accounts, 31 pages, and 20 Instagram accounts pages, which were all private, should “enjoy the guarantee of free speech on major issues of social concern under the Philippine Constitution and Philippine laws.”

The DILG said in its statement that the government wants “to address the issue, roll back changes, and restore the Facebook pages in question, whenever possible.” It also said that there’s “the need for the social media company and government to dialogue to clarify and improve the former’s policies in accordance with Philippine laws.”


 

The government agency stated that Facebook did not notify nor advise the administrators of the accounts. It also stated that the social media networking website has not been transparent for investigating the questioned accounts from the Philippines despite its large presence in the country.

Although Facebook removed the pages linking to the Philippine military and police, the agency pointed out that it didn’t block the bots or automated accounts that were manned by “political and armed groups that are actively seeking to overthrow duly constituted authority in the country.” The platform allegedly allowed “spreaders of hate speech and purveyors of fake news” from Communist Terrorist Groups who are actively working to bring down democracy.

Previously, President Rodrigo Duterte called out the social media networking site for the alleged censorship of advocacy pages supportive of the government.

You can read the copy of the statement in the source link below.

Source: DILG



Jewel is a Multimedia Producer for YugaTech. She's a caffeinator by day and a cinephile by night.

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3 Responses

  1. Dehins Uy says:

    “According to DILG, the social media networking site took down the accounts without due process.”

    What? FB is a private entity. It can do whatever it wants. It can ban accounts for no reason at all.

  2. White Brief says:

    What a clusterfuck. Those pages were tied to a foreign sovereignty, and still they want to defend those pages? I don’t know if it’s ignorance or just plain corruption.

  3. mansour says:

    also, let us not forget that there are user agreements that you digitally sign before creation of accounts that specifically says there that facebook reserves the right to take down any page or account that violates these rules stated in their user agreement. this is normal not just for facebook but apple google microsoft etc. there are UA’s for every platform but no one reads them we just skip to the I agree part or sometimes there is no I agree but a small fine print that usually goes along the line of “by creating an account you agree to the user agreement..”bla bla bla

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