Facebook takes down pro-Duterte, pro-Imee pages following policy violations

  • Facebook took down pages, accounts from its platform for violating their policy
  • The pages removed include those of the supporters of Rodrigo Duterte and Imee Marcos
  • The social media said it will continue looking for and deleting more bad contents

Facebook has announced on October 22 that it removed 95 pages and 39 accounts, in the Philippines, from its platform for violating their policy regarding spam and authenticity.

Among the pages the social network deleted include those of the supporters of President Rodrigo Duterte and Governor Imee Marcos which has names like Duterte Media, Duterte sa Pagbabago BUKAS, DDS, Duterte Phenomenon, DU30 Trending News, Hot Babes, News Media Trends, Bossing Vic, Pilipinas Daily News, Like and Win, Manang Imee, and Karlo ang Probinsiyano.

The social network said at least one of the pages has 4.8-million followers and that the pages were removed for violating their spam and authenticity policies by encouraging netizens to visit low-quality websites containing little substantive content and are full of disruptive ads.

It further promised to continue monitoring for a range of abuses on the platform which includes spam behavior and accounts or pages breaking their rules.

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“We don’t want this kind of behavior on Facebook — and we’re investing heavily in both people and technology to keep bad content off our services. We have more than doubled the number of people working on safety and security this year and now have more than 20,000 people around the world.

“We use reports from our community and technology like machine learning and artificial intelligence to detect bad behavior and take action more quickly.”

It added, the takedown is a small step in the right direction and they will continue looking for and deleting more bad contents.

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Last April, according to the Philippine Star, the social media started blocking some pro-Duterte websites suspected of peddling fake news.