Philippines police and military deny links to removed Facebook accounts

MANILA (Reuters) – The Philippine police and military on Wednesday denied any links to Facebook accounts that were taken down by the social media giant after it said they had engaged in “coordinated inauthentic behaviour” interfering in Asian and American politics. Facebook said on Tuesday it had dismantled a network of fake accounts that originated from China and the Philippines, including some that posted content supportive of President Rodrigo Duterte and his daughter’s “potential” presidential run in 2022. Fewer than 3,000 people followed the American pages, while more than 100,000 accounts tracked those in the Philippines, Facebook said. In the Philippines, the fake accounts also criticized Rappler, an independent media group that is a frequent target of the Duterte government. (Reporting by Karen Lema; Editing by Ed Davies)Related article: Philippines is investigating the proliferation of fake Facebook accounts

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