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Individual account-sharers of PNA articles, including PNA reporters and editors, have also been flagged.

Social media giant Meta (Facebook) has flagged multiple PNA posts which allegedly violated its community standards. One of the flagged and recently removed posts is “Kabankalan City takes pride in being home to oldest living Pinoy”, a story on the life of 124-year-old Francisca Montes Susano.

PNA (Phillipine News Agency) is the Philippine Government’s news bureau . It is a unit of the Presidential Cpmmunication Operations Office (PCCC) under the Office of the President.

The article was posted on PNA’s official Facebook page and website on Sept. 13, 2021 and was tagged as a post in violation of Facebook’s Community Standards on Cybersecurity on April 24, 2022.

Individual account-sharers of PNA articles, including PNA reporters and editors, have also been flagged.

Meanwhile, PNA will continue posting its news content on Twitter (@pnagovph).

‘Abusive fact-checkers’ behind flagged Facebook posts: NTF-ELCAC

The National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC) on Sunday condemned the multiple flagging of social media giant Facebook (Meta) of its official posts and shared stories of government media agencies.The NTF-ELCAC said even the government’s good… Read More

NPC denounces Facebook attack on public platforms

MANILA – The National Press Club of the Philippines (NPC), one of the country’s oldest and biggest organization of active members of the press, on Sunday denounced in the strongest possible term, the ongoing ‘flagging’ being made by Facebook and its ‘fact… Read More

RAPPLER: Marcos network tries to take over Twitter with freshly-made accounts


Information operations on Twitter use new accounts to promote the dictator’s son and attack critics in the lead-up to elections

Presidential aspirant and former senator Bongbong Marcos visits Cebu Governor Gwen Garcia at the Cebu Provincial Capitol on October 22, 2021. Jacqueline Hernandez/Rappler

MANILA, Philippines – After taking over major social media platforms for their propaganda work the past years, the supporter base of presidential aspirant Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. is looking to dominate Twitter as well with the use of mainly newly-created and revived accounts, a Rappler investigation showed.

The hashtag #LabanMarcos trended on Twitter on Monday, January 17, ahead of the announcement by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) on petitions against Marcos’ candidacy. 

Marcos’ supporters had organized a Twitter party the night before on Sunday, January 16, to make #LabanMarcos trend. One of the accounts known to have started the event was Twitter account @UTLoyalist, created only in November 2021. READ MORE in Rappler

FACEBOOK, TWITTER TOLD: Suspend accounts of Philippine communist leaders

NTF ELCAC: Like Trump’s, also ban CPP-NPA social media accounts

 Social media platforms Facebook and Twitter should also suspend accounts of communist leaders in the same way it did to those of US President Donald Trump for ensuing violence to his tweets and instigating the recent riot at the US Capitol.

This, according to the Legal Cooperation Cluster of the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF ELCAC) in a statement Friday.

The NTF ELCAC cluster called on Facebook and Twitter platforms to apply with equal rigor the standards of civility to which it held the US President accountable, to the social media accounts of leaders and officials of the Communist Party of the Philippines – New People’s Army (CPP-NPA).

“Like Trump, these cadres of terrorists, on a more regular, systematic, and coordinated manner, sow disorder and advocate violence, with a marked emphasis on recruiting the impressionable youth,” the statement said.

It added that unlike Trump, the CPP-NPA, and its political arm, the National Democratic Front (NDF) does not pretend to be at least democratic or peaceful.

“Theirs is an unconcealed call to arms, waging an unrepentant war of attrition against a democratic government,” NTF ELCAC said.

The CPP-NPA-NDF, it added, care little how much their empty war has a cost in lives and property.

“What matters to them, as long as their leaders are given their pulpits, is that their cult brings in fresh bodies to throw at the standing government,” it said. READ MORE


AFP chief only wants to protect socmed from terror infiltration

 The suggestion of Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) chief-of-staff, Lt. Gen. Gilbert Gapay, to regulate social media was only meant to protect the platform from the infiltration of terrorist groups that could use it as an avenue in furthering their violent goals.This, according to… Read More




Social media users posting articles or comments to intimidate or cause public  disorder could be designated as terrorists and charged under the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2022.

Social media may be used as a basis for designating a terrorist, said National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon, in a statement reported in a July 5 story by the Philippine Daily Inquirer.

According to Esperon, groups or persons using media platforms to perpetuate terrorist acts will be subjected to surveillance.

Arrests could be made after surveillance, Esperon said, adding that the arrest  shall be reported to the  Commission on Human Rights (CHR) and the Court of Appeals.

“Use of social media as basis will be uncovered during surveillance,” he said in his statement to the Inquirer.

Esperon explained that terrorist acts include not only “ordinary killings or destruction of properties” but also  those  that intend “to intimidate the general public or cause disorder.”

Under the Anti-Terrorism Act signed on July 3 by President Rodrigo Duterte, the Anti-Terrorism Council (ATC) is tasked with surveillance and monitoring of persons or groups suspected as terrorists.

The new law repeals Republic Act 9372 or the Human Security Act of 2007 (RA 9372) has been repealed by the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020, which is armed with more teeth against terrorism.

The new law allows detention of suspected terrorists for up to 24 days sans a warrant of arrest.and a 90-day surveillance period against the suspected terrorists.

The law also imposes a 12-year jail term on a person who voluntarily or knowingly joins a terrorist organization.

Under the anti-terror law, the ATC shall seek approval for surveillance and monitoring of groups and persons suspected as terrorist from the Court of Appeals, which shall hold hearings to establish if the groups or persons are terrorists.