PNoy’s page on Facebook temporarily bans followers’ posts

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Administrators of President Noynoy Aquino's page on Facebook cite "spamming" for temporary ban

MANILA, Philippines – The administrators of President Aquino’s official page on Facebok has temporarily deactivated wall posts by users, citing “spamming.”

In a post at around noon Friday, January 13, the page administrators said they are “temporarily deactivating” the feature “due to continuous spamming.”

BAN. A screenshot of the Noynoy Aquinio page on Facebook on Friday, Jan. 13, 2012, shows the post announcing the temporary ban on fan posts.

“We assure you that we will look into it and will allow followers to post as soon as possible,” the post said.

The administrators are also reminding the public to be careful on clicking links on Facebook.

The page, which already has more than 2,220,000 “likes,” is being maintained by the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) New Media team.

The comments on the Facebook post showed a mixed bag of reactions from the page’s followers.

This is not the first time the President’s official Facebook presence encountered a hiccup. In April 2010, at the height of the 2010 election campaign, the Liberal Party was forced to shut down Aquino’s campaign page on Facebook due to hacking.

Then, in November, shortly after he assumed office, controvery brewed after the original Noynoy Aquino campaign page on Facebook was shut down. The fans of the original page were then transferred to the Palace-managed page.

This move was allegedly requested by the PCOO, under Sec. Herminio Coloma, but the Palace did not confirm this. This irked the creator of the Aquino fan page, who expressed his sentiments on his blog. –

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