The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) asked Facebook to help the government in its fight against communist insurgency in the country.

This move came following President Rodrigo Duterte’s attack against Facebook after it removed accounts and pages that promote the government’s advocacy.

AFP Spokesperson Major General Edgard Arevalo said that Facebook, among other social media platforms, are effective channels for disseminating information against terrorist groups.

Arevalo also thanked the president for his expression of support for the military campaign against the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and its armed wing, the New People’s Army (NPA).

In his recent televised address, Duterte called out Facebook for allegedly “encouraging” communist rebels to promote their cause by taking down accounts and pages that fight CPP and NPA.

Last week, Facebook announced that it had removed hundreds of accounts and pages linked to networks in China and the Philippines for coordinated inauthentic behavior (CIB) and misleading people by spreading misinformation.


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