Removed Facebook pages, accounts may appeal shutdown: expert

Gillan Ropero, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Oct 23 2018 09:48 PM | Updated as of Sep 16 2019 01:29 PM

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MANILA (UPDATED) - Users behind Facebook pages that were removed for alleged spam activities may appeal the social network's move, an internet and technology law expert said Tuesday.

This after the social media platform said it had removed 95 Facebook pages and 39 accounts in the Philippines for violating its spam and authenticity policies.

Atty. JJ Disini said the administrators of the pages and accounts may send a complaint to Facebook against the removal.

"Yung affected na tao, pwede naman siya magreklamo sa Facebook kung sa tingin niya mali yung basehan ng pagsara ng page," Disini told radio DZMM.

Disini said Facebook has the right to remove pages and accounts which violate its terms and conditions.

"Kasi pagka nag-sign up tayo sa Facebook, mayroon tayong terms and conditions. Yung mga lumalabag dun sa rules nila, may karapatan silang tanggalin sa platform," he said.

Facebook did not disclose the full list of the removed pages, but said it included names like Duterte Media, Duterte sa Pagbabago BUKAS, DDS, Duterte Phenomenon, DU30 Trending News, Hot Babes, News Media Trends, Bossing Vic, Pilipinas Daily News, Like and Win, Manang Imee, and Karlo ang Probinsiyano.

When asked whether Facebook is favoring a political party, Disini said it is hard to tell.

"Ang platform kasi na yan, available sa lahat kaya di mo masasabi na may pinapanigan. Mahirap sabihin yun," he said.

The removal of the pages and accounts are part of Facebook's increased efforts in protecting users, Disini said.

"Di naman nila kailangan actually i-announce yan eh. Kumbaga kontrata nila yan dun sa nagbukas ng page. Sabi lang nila, meron silang parang effort na kumbaga linisin yung kanilang site," Disini said.

"Ang Facebook kasi, gusto nila maprotektahan ang kanilang users. [Halimbawa] Mga users nila hindi nasa-subject sa spam. Yung ginagawa nila, para sa atin din yan, kung iisipin mo di ba?"

Facebook came under scrutiny earlier this year when it was revealed that data from 87 million accounts were "improperly shared" with political consultancy firm Cambridge Analytica. 

It was also revealed that the Philippines had the second largest number of Facebook users whose accounts were affected by the data breach.