Meta removes Facebook accounts to fight misinformation ahead of Philippines election

Manila: Meta Platforms Inc on Wednesday suspended a network of more than 400 accounts, pages and groups ahead of the Philippines general election as the Facebook parent moves to crack down on hate speech and misinformation.

The accounts included Facebook pages and groups linked to the New People’s Army of the Philippines, a banned organization, the social media company said.

Concerns about hate speech online have grown as candidates and supporters increasingly take to social media for the May 9 election amid the coronavirus pandemic disrupting traditional campaigning methods.

Last month, the country’s presidential candidates insisted on holding social media companies accountable for spreading false information.

Meta said in a blog post on Wednesday that advertisers in the Philippines will need to complete their ad authorization process and include “Paid for” disclaimers on ads about elections, politics and certain issue categories. social.

Meta’s move comes after it last month changed its stance in Ukraine which temporarily allowed calls for violence and scaled back its content moderation policy to ban calls for the death of a head of state.

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