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Bawas fake! Facebook pays courtesy call on Sotto

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By Xave Gregorio

Facebook officials paid a courtesy call on Senate President Vicente “Tito” Sotto III Monday (October 8) to deliver a report on fake accounts on the social media site.

Sotto said in a chance interview that Facebook officials visited him in his office in the Senate to report that around 583,000 fake accounts have been removed.

He said this stemmed from a prior meeting with Facebook officials during the opening of their new office in Bonifacio Global City in Taguig.

“I was expecting Facebook to be, you know, family fun social media and not what’s happening na pinanggagalingan ng fake news, diba, tapos may mga kung anu-anong nangyayri na fake accounts na nagmumura, naninira ng kapwa and all that,” Sotto said.

The proliferation of trolls and false information on social media, especially Facebook, has been blamed for the election of Rodrigo Duterte as president.

Malacañang has denied that the Duterte administration employs trolls and spreads fake news, despite having appointed a pro-Duterte blogger who has been accused of disseminating fake news as assistant secretary of the Presidential Communications Operations Office.