Philippines presidential frontrunner Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos Jr greets his supporters. PHOTO: AP / Southeast Asia / January 22, 2022
MANILA (BLOOMBERG) – Twitter Inc suspended more than 300 accounts promoting Philippines presidential frontrunner Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr for violating its policies on platform manipulation and spam.
The majority of these social media accounts had already been taken down as part of routine actions before news website Rappler’s report on pro-Marcos Twitter handles, the company said.2022 PHILIPPINE ELECTION: MANILA- Twitter suspends 300 accounts promoting Philippines’ Marcos Jr.
An investigation into the matter is ongoing, it added.
“With the Philippine elections taking place this May, we remain vigilant about identifying and eliminating suspected information campaigns targetting election conversations,” a Twitter spokesperson said in an emailed statement.
Marcos’s spokesman Vic Rodriguez didn’t immediately respond to Bloomberg’s request for comment via mobile-phone message.
Marcos, who led last month’s presidential preference survey, has a dominant online presence.
Independent fact-checker VERA Files said he benefitted most from election-related disinformation last year.
The late dictator’s son has said he doesn’t employ online trolls and isn’t boosting his social media pages.