Facebook reported that in the last hours it removed a network with links to the Philippine Police and Army, whose members hid their identity to try to influence public opinion in the country and attack certain groups and parties.
The US company suppressed 57 accounts, 31 pages and 20 Instagram accounts, which hid their police or military origin and acted in a coordinated manner to criticize the Communist Party of the Philippines, its military arm, the New People’s Army and the opposition to the president of the country, Rodrigo Duterte.
Chinese fake nets
The network was active during 2019 and 2020 and shared messages in both Filipino and English, it had a total of 276,000 followers in Facebook, 5,500 on Instagram and $ 1,100 was spent on advertising.
In parallel, the Menlo Park company (California, USA) also suppressed another fake network originating in China which tried to influence public opinion in the Philippines, Southeast Asia and to a lesser extent in the US.
This network consisted of 155 accounts, 11 pages, 9 groups and 6 Instagram accounts, which were managed by individuals from the Fujian province of China who they hid their identity.
Interference in the USA
In its contents for the Philippines and Southeast Asia, this network shared messages in Mandarin, Filipino and English favorable to the Philippine president and the Beijing interests in the area, and critical of the opposition and organizations and entities considered contrary to these interests.
In its contents for the United States, which Facebook indicated barely achieved any significance, these made reference to the November elections and were both favorable and negative with respect to both candidates: the Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Joe Biden.