Meta Removes Over 400 Facebook Accounts Before Philippine Elections

Meta suspended a network of over 400 accounts, pages, and groups in the Philippines from Facebook to guard against the possible spread of misinformation ahead of the May 2022 Philippine elections.

Concerns about online hate speech have increased as candidates and supporters increasingly use social media for the election, despite the coronavirus outbreak disrupting traditional campaign methods.

Last month, the Philippine presidential candidates pressed on the need to hold social media companies liable for the spread of misinformation.

“To help keep people safe during the upcoming Philippine General election, we’ve built new products and developed stronger policies in collaboration with the Commission on Elections, election watchdogs, independent fact-checkers, and civil society organizations,” Meta said in a blog post.

In light of the upcoming elections, Meta said its work to help protect election integrity builds on its longstanding efforts in understanding and addressing how social media is used in the Philippines. 

“As part of tackling other emerging harms, we also removed a network of over 400 accounts, Pages, and Groups in the Philippines that worked together to systematically violate our Community Standards and evade enforcement,” Meta added.

Meta said it will continue the effort in the lead-up to, during, and after the polls.

Meta said that advertisers in the Philippines will have to complete their ad authorizations and include ‘Paid for by’ disclosures on advertising involving elections, politics, and some categories of social issues.

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