The hashtag “#KapagNawalaAngFacebook” became a trending topic on Twitter. This comes after President Rodrigo Duterte addressed social media platform Facebook after taking down several pages and accounts that are supportive of the government’s ‘advocacies.’
On September 22, Facebook released a part of their September report and said that they have tracked several fake accounts and pages originating from China, Philippines, and other parts of South East Asia that violated their policy against “coordinated inauthentic behavior” (CIB). The Silicon Valley giant also posted samples of the content created by the pages and accounts.
During his weekly public address, the President questioned Facebook’s purpose in operating in the country after taking down accounts that are supportive of the government’s ‘interests’ and ‘advocacies.’
“Facebook, listen to me. We allow you to operate here, hoping that you could help us also. Now, if [the] government cannot espouse or advocate something [that] is for the good of the people, then what is your purpose here in my country?” Duterte said.
“If you cannot help me protect government interest, then let us talk. We may or we may not find the solution. If we cannot, then I’m sorry,” he added.
Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque then clarified that the President did not intend to shutdown Facebook and only ‘needed a talk’ with them.
Netizens start to make #KapagNawalaAngFacebook trending
There were mixed reactions on Twitter if ever Facebook would be gone for good in the country. While some took it lightly, others also thought of the people who heavily rely on it such as small business owners who uses Facebook to sell their products.
Check out these tweets below:
What would you do #KapagNawalaAngFacebook?