Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte blasts Facebook for taking down military, police pages: Report

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Facebook has removed 57 accounts, 31 pages and 20 Instagram account originating in the Philippines. An investigation by the social media giant also found links to Philippine military and police. 

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte. (Photo: Reuters)

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has slammed social media giant Facebook after it took down accounts supposedly linked to its military and police, reported Bloomberg.

Duterte also questioned whether Facebook should continue operations in one of its biggest markets in Asia.

The Bloomberg report quoted Duterte as saying that the social media giant should not bar pages critical of the Communist insurgency. He added that it is part of the government’s advocacy to protest the people. He further sought talks with Facebook officials to address the issue.

“Facebook, listen to me. We allow you to operate here hoping that you could help us also,” Duterte said in a televised address on Monday.

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“If the government cannot espouse or advocate something which is for the good of the people, then what is your purpose here in my country?” He questioned.

However, Facebook has declined to comment on the matter.

It may be noted that Facebook and other major social media websites have come under stricter scrutiny in recent years over their handling of disinformation and hate speech.

On September 23, Facebook said it has removed networks originating in China and the Philippines for violating policies against coordinated inauthentic behaviour.

According to the Bloomberg report, Facebook has removed 57 accounts, 31 pages and 20 Instagram account originating in the Philippines. An investigation by the social media giant also found links to Philippine military and police.

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