The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) announced that it would look into the reports about fake Facebook accounts allegedly linked to the country’s military forces that were removed by the social media giant.
AFP Chief General Gilbert Gapay assured that all official AFP Facebook accounts are “up and running” and were not deleted by Facebook. He also reminded military personnel to observe proper etiquette on their social media posts.
Facebook reported on Tuesday that it took down several fake Facebook and Instagram accounts linked to the Philippine military and police for coordinated inauthentic behavior (CIB).
These accounts were from networks based in China and the Philippines, coordinating with one another to use fake accounts to mislead social media users. The posts include content against political opposition, activism, and communism.
China-based accounts produced content involving the naval activity in the West Philippine Sea, campaign for President Rodrigo Duterte and her daughter Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio, and criticisms against Rappler.
The ones that came from the Philippines focused on military activities against terrorism, the Communist Party of the Philippines, New People’s Army, among others.
Facebook removed a total of 212 accounts, 42 pages, and 26 Instagram accounts created by both networks. These accounts were most active when discussions about the anti-terrorism law rose in 2019 when it was still a proposed bill.