Over 300 Twitter accounts suspended to promote the Filipino President’s front runner


On Friday, Twitter suspended more than 300 accounts linked to the support network of Philippine presidential candidate Ferdinand Marcos Jr. as a result of the investigation. Report According to local media claiming that Marcos-related accounts and hashtags dominated the platform.

Veteran politician Marcos, 64, is the son of the late dictator, commonly known as “Bombon,” who overthrown the “People Power Revolution” in 1986. Former Senator reportedly emerged as a key candidate prior to the May vote.

Rappler Report Marcos supporters sought to dominate Twitter by creating accounts and hashtags that “promote Marcos propaganda and attack critics.” Some hashtags have become a trend within a few hours, it said.

Twitter said it reviewed the accounts and hashtags listed in Rappler’s report and found that more than 300 accounts violated our policy on spam and platform operations.

According to Twitter, most of these accounts were deleted before the report was published as part of their day-to-day operations, adding that investigations are still underway.

A Twitter spokeswoman said in an email statement, “We remain vigilant in identifying and eliminating suspicious information campaigns aimed at election conversations.”

Twitter reveals that sharing political content or attracting people via hashtags does not violate policy unless the account involved is genuine, automated, or paid. did. But in this case, it was seen as “there is no clear evidence.”

“We are committed to working with all relevant governments, including: [the Philippine Commission on Elections], And civil society stakeholders, domain experts, and subject matter experts are tackling the complex challenges of free and open elections, “added a spokesman.

Vic Rodriguez, a politician spokesman, praised Twitter for “carefully monitoring platform operations and spam,” but it’s unclear if all suspended accounts belong to Marcos’ support network. Said not.

“It’s true that hundreds of Twitter accounts may have been suspended, but it’s unclear if all of them belong to Bongbong Marcos supporters,” Rodriguez said in a statement. release According to the Filipino mirror.

“In fact, the information from a Twitter spokesperson didn’t mention either the Marcos Network account or the exact number of suspended accounts.”

This isn’t the first time Twitter has deleted an account in the Philippines. In April 2020, Twitter suspended “hundreds of accounts” defending Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s response to the coronavirus pandemic for violating platform operations and policies against spam.

Reuters contributed to this report.

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Aldgra Fredly is a Malaysia-based freelance writer featuring the Epoch Times Asia Pacific News.