After Filipinos took to the streets to protest the anti-terror bill, a surge of fake accounts flooded Facebook, appearing to be a targeted attack against dissenters. The proliferation of such accounts is now believed to be Facebook’s fault.
According to a report by The Philippine Daily Inquirer, perpetrators of the attack have not been identified, but writer and online marketing specialist Athalia Freya Dy points to Facebook as having a hand in the issue.
Despite Facebook having technology that can determine an outbreak of accounts and shut down fakes, Dy believes that the fact that they were able to create those accounts in such a short span of time indicates that the perpetrators may have advanced software or that Facebook let it happen.
She said that they are likely to be “resbak accounts”, created to increase the number of shares and likes of proadmin personalities such as Mocha Uson.
Dy added that Facebook say one thing but does another: “It’s true that it took down hundreds of fake accounts and got rid of Twinmark (Trending News Portal, Netcitizen, Daily News PH) but that was only after the Cambridge Analytica scandal and after investigative reports that showed the Mocha Uson Blog has been sharing their content and fake news.”
Though fake accounts can be reported, the process can be quite long, only to be told afterwards that the account or post “is not violating community guidelines.”
Such instances, Dy said, include DDS (Duterte Diehard Supporters) pages issuing death threats to Vice President Robredo last year and supposedly Christian page posting homophobic statements during Pride Month and against the LGBT community. Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg himself is in hot water after his failure to act on inflammatory posts by US President Donald Trump, resulting in the resignation of some employees including engineers.