Facebook cracks down on posts slamming anti-terror bill

Gaby Baizas

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Facebook cracks down on posts slamming anti-terror bill
(UPDATED) The #JunkTerrorBill posts by Filipinos are marked as spam after they allegedly failed to comply with Facebook’s community standards. Facebook says it has since restored incorrectly removed posts.

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – Just days after the controversial anti-terror bill was passed in Congress, Facebook began its crackdown on several #JunkTerrorBill posts.

The bill has been passed by the Senate and the House. Both chambers will just need to ratify the final version before sending it to President Rodrigo Duterte for his signature.

Duterte himself also certified the bill as urgent.

Netizens and organizations alike took to social media to slam the bill’s passing, but not without a few hurdles posed by Facebook’s community standards.

A number of Filipinos shared a specific carrd.co link which included information about several movements, including #JunkTerrorBill. Facebook was quick to tag such posts as spam, leading many Filipinos to take their complaints to Twitter.

Other Filipinos who posted artwork denouncing the bill also had their Facebook posts tagged as spam.


‘Error’ in automated system – Facebook

Facebook reached out to Rappler and clarified the crackdown of the posts was linked to an “error with [their] automated system,” which was designed to remove links to abusive websites. The company also said they restored the posts that were incorrectly removed.

Facebook previously ran into controversies regarding moderating political posts on the platform. Most recently, CEO Mark Zuckerberg defended the company’s decision not to interfere with posts by US President Donald Trump. (READ: Facebook’s problems can’t be solved by more Facebook)

Read more about the #JunkTerrorBill petition here. – Rappler.com


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Gaby Baizas

Gaby Baizas is a digital forensics researcher at Rappler. She first joined Rappler straight out of college as a digital communications specialist. She hopes people learn to read past headlines the same way she hopes punk never dies.