Robredo lauds FB for taking down 'spam' pages, says more should be removed


Posted at Jan 13 2019 06:34 PM

MANILA -- Vice President Leni Robredo said Sunday Facebook's recent move to take down pages violating its misrepresentation and spam policies was "good news" for Filipinos.

Robredo believes a lot of similar Facebook pages have yet to be taken down but the social media giant's recent move is a welcome progress in fighting false information. 

"Napakalaking regalo ito sa taumbayan ... [Marami pang pages] na hindi nate-take down, pero puwede na ito, at least umuusad. Sana tuloy-tuloy na gawin ito ng Facebook," she said. 

"Hindi naman ito para sa atin, para ito sa buong Pilipinas — na okay lang naman mag-criticize, pero dapat iyong basehan ng kritisismo ay totoo," she added. 

Facebook last Friday said it took down 220 Facebook pages, 73 Facebook accounts, and 29 Instagram accounts affiliated with Twinmark Media exhibiting "coordinated inauthentic behavior."

Some of the pages taken down were Trending Topics PH, The Filipino Insights, Daily News PH, Filipino Channel Online, and Gorgeous Me, Facebook Philippines said. 

Twinmark Media was also leading users to ad farms and was selling access to Facebook pages, said Facebook's head of cyber security Nathaniel Gleicher.

"This organization has been selling access to Facebook pages to artificially increase distribution and to generate profit," Gleicher told Philippine media through a video conference.

Meanwhile, Robredo called on Filipinos to be more mindful of what they post or share on social media to avoid spreading "fake news" or false information.