Facebook has shut down several fake Facebook accounts and pages that express support for President Rodrigo Duterte and the possible presidential bid of his daughter, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte, in 2022.
Nathaniel Gleicher, head of Facebook security policy, said Tuesday (September 22) that the fake accounts were traced to individuals from China’s Fujian province.
“They focus most of their activities on Southeast Asia. They posted in Chinese, in Filipino, and in English about global news and current events, including Beijing’s interest in the South China Sea, Hong Kong, contents supportive of President Duterte and Sara Duterte’s potential run in the 2022 presidential elections, criticism of Rappler, issues relevant to overseas Filipino Workers, praise and some criticism of China,” Gleicher explained in an online press conference.
The accounts engaged in “coordinated inauthentic behavior” with their posts, he added.
Aside from tracking the individuals from China behind the fake, pro-Dutetre Facebook accounts, the social media giant also traced bogus accounts belonging to a domestic network linked to the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Philippine National Police.