Duterte questions operations of Facebook in PH after removal of “advocacy” accounts

  • President Rodrigo Duterte questioned the relevance of Facebook if it cannot be used by the government for the benefit of the people
  • This came after Facebook removed accounts, including some linked to the military over “coordinated inauthentic behavior”
  • Duterte said they need to “talk sense” if they cannot serve its purpose

President Rodrigo Duterte has questioned why he should allow Facebook to still continue operating in the Philippines after the social media giant removed accounts he said have supported the government’s interests.

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In a pre-recorded address, the President asked, “What would be the point of allowing you to continue if you cannot help us? It’s so convoluted I cannot understand. But put it this way: Tell me why can’t I use [Facebook] for the benefit of the people?”

Duterte said if Facebook cannot be used by the government for the public, then they should reconsider their operations and have a “talk.”

“If the government cannot use it for the good of the people, then we have to talk. We have to talk sense,” he added.

By shutting down “advocacy” accounts and pages including those traced to the Philippine military, Duterte said it seems like Facebook is supporting the critics of the government.

“Even the advocacy of the government was removed. So what’s the purpose of you being here? Facebook, listen to me: We allow you to operate here hoping that you could help us also,” Duterte said.

“Now, if the government cannot espouse or advocate something which is for the good of the people, then what is your purpose here in my country? And then you’re encouraging the left, then you believe in the left,” he added.

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Earlier, Facebook removed 57 accounts, 31 pages, and 20 Instagram accounts linked to the police and military for “coordinated inauthentic behavior.”