Facebook suspends account of Pinoy Ako Blog’s Jover Laurio

Rappler.com
Facebook suspends account of Pinoy Ako Blog’s Jover Laurio
The blogger believes trolls triggered the suspension by mass reporting her account

MANILA, Philippines – Jover Laurio’s latest pledge: #IWillNotBeSilent.

The blogger behind the popular Pinoy Ako Blog turned to Twitter after her personal Facebook account was suspended on Thursday, May 24.

She believes trolls triggered the suspension by creating a fake account under her name, then mass reporting her real account as the “fake” one. Facebook then suspended her real account.

 


 

In another tweet, Laurio asked Facebook for its basis for suspending her account.

She wrote: “How can you say that I am pretending to be somebody else when I have [had] my account for 9 years now, I have more than a thousand friends.” (READ: ‘I’m sorry,’ Facebook boss tells European lawmakers)

 


 

Facebook, in response to a complaint from Laurio, claimed that she violated its community standards. She then sent IDs as further proof of identification, but as of writing her account remains suspended. (READ: The scandals bedevilling Facebook)

 


Laurio retweeted theater actor Bart Guingona after her series of tweets. Referring to Laurio’s Facebook account suspension, Guingona said, “FB still can’t tell the difference between legit and fake and so ends up being a purveyor of lies.”

 


Reactivated
On Friday, May 25, Laurio’s personal account was reactivated by Facebook. She received an email in the morning, informing her that the removal was a mistake.

This is the first time that her personal account was taken down. Her Pinoy Ako Blog Facebook page has been suspended 3 times before.

Laurio is a known critic of President Duterte and has been the target of harassment and attacks from supporters. She has filed cases against pro-Duterte bloggers and personalities Franco Mabanta, Rj Nieto, and Sass Sasot.

This isn’t the first time that Facebook has suspended accounts of people who are vocal about their political views.

In 2016, Inday Espina-Varona’s account was suspended when she spoke about online abuse. Another account was taken down in the same year due to an anti-Duterte post. Facebook also suspended a petitioner’s account when he initiated a campaign to take down Communications Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson’s Facebook page. Journalist Ed Lingao was told he violated Facebook’s community standards as well and had his account suspended when he had an anti-Marcos post.  – Rappler.com

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