'Online mob' took down FB page critical of Duterte?

Rachel Hermosura, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 07 2016 08:36 PM

'Online mob' took down FB page critical of Duterte? 1

MANILA - A Facebook page critical of President-elect Rodrigo Duterte has claimed being briefly deactivated allegedly due to an online mob.

The administrator of "Juan Nationalist" said an appeal was sent to Facebook's Global Politics and Government Outreach Director Katie Harbath after the page was taken down by Facebook over the weekend.

"I sent her a personal appeal letter detailing how the Dutertards orchestrated a mob report which aims to suppress my right for free speech and open political discourse," the Juan Nationalist page administrator said, referring to the term used by some netizens for Duterte's supporters.

"After the reviews were made, she told me that the page was indeed mob reported in thousands and that they would return the page."

ABS-CBN News has reached out to Harbath on this story.

The deactivation of the Juan Nationalist page came as other Facebook pages or personal accounts were also taken down after posting views that are critical of the incoming Duterte administration.

The Facebook page of a group of Filipino business journalists was taken down last Saturday within 24 hours of posting a statement that slammed Duterte for "inappropriate" remarks on media killings.

READ: Journalists' FB page taken down after criticizing Duterte

"Mr. Duterte's recent pronouncement justifying the killing of some practitioners for alleged corrupt practices, however, casts doubt on the industry's aspirations, unjustifiably threatening the lives of us journalists," part of the Economic Journalists Association of the Philippines' (EJAP) statement read.

The group's statement has been reposted by other journalists who expressed alarm over the apparent crackdown on posts that are critical of Duterte.

EJAP said Monday that it is in talks with Facebook representatives to restore its account. 

Broadcast journalist Ed Lingao's viral post about his thoughts on Duterte's plan to bury the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani was earlier "erroneously" deleted by Facebook for allegedly violating community standards.

Lingao put up his post again, but found himself locked out of Facebook for 24 hours. 

Lingao's 24-hour ban on the social networking site was later lifted, while his repost was reinstated after it was "accidentally removed" by Facebook.

READ: Journalists barred on FB after posting about Marcos