Who cares? Sara says Facebook can take down any account because it’s their business
Davao City Mayor Sara Z. Duterte is not losing sleep after her Facebook account was purged along with pro-Duterte accounts.
“They have all the rights kung ano ang gusto nilang gawin sa negosyo nila,” she said in an interview at the sidelines of her campaign in Prosperidad, Agusan del Sur.
“Kung ayaw nila ang isang account, they can very well take it down,” she added.
A Facebook representative clarified that the mayor’s account was on a “security checkpoint” and was not part of the recent purging which included several accounts supporting the Duterte administration and his allies.
“The account was placed on a security checkpoint after our systems detected suspicious attempts to gain access to her account,” the Facebook representative said in an email sent to the Philippines News Agency (PNA).
The FB is also reaching out to Mayor Sara to help her regain access to her personal account.
Jefry Tupas, Davao City Information Office Chief, on the other hand, said Facebook has become a political tool, serving a certain political agenda.
“In the world of politics, Facebook is facing major criticisms not just in the Philippines — even in the US because of its policy to kill accounts associated with the Trump administration, accounts that are pro-Trump,” he said in text message.
“It was a personal account. But if it can happen to Mayor Sara, it means it can happen to anyone,” Tupas added.
Mayor Sara’s camp heavily relied on social media for the campaigns of Hugpong ng Pagbabago, a regional political party that she formed and whose senatorial slate topped Pulse Asia survey.
In an Asia Foundation report, social media was seen as a game-changer in the 2016 elections, noting that it sparked political discourse never before seen in the country’s election history. For the May 13 mid-term elections, it also holds true. (PNA)