The armed forces’ social media unit uncovered 63 Facebook accounts belonging to Maute members and their supporters according to Military spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Jo-ar Herrera.
“These 63 accounts are spreading malicious information and misinformation that affect the information landscape and the mindset of every Filipino,” Herrera told a news conference in the southern city of Marawi.
“We would also like to appeal to Facebook Philippines… to undertake the necessary measures to investigate the 63 Facebook accounts that are being utilized by the Maute local terrorist group and sympathizers,” said Lt. Col. Jo-Ar Herrera.
Facebook company responded, “We want to provide a service where people feel safe. That’s why we have community standards that explain what you can and cannot do on our service.’Our community standards do not allow groups or people that engage in terrorist activity, or posts that express support for terrorism. Fake accounts are also prohibited.”
“We will remove accounts and content that violate these policies when we are made aware of them. We have well-established law enforcement channels for governments to contact us about emergencies and content that violates our community standards. Online extremism can only be tackled with strong partnerships. We have long collaborated with policymakers, civil society, and others in the tech industry, and we are committed to continuing this important work together,”it added.