By Aaron Recuenco
The Philippine National Police (PNP) will conduct an investigation on the swarming of fake Facebook accounts using the names of legitimate users in what is deemed to be an effort to harass and intimidate those who voice out dissent against the government.
PNP chief Gen. Archie Gamboa said he had already tasked the PNP Anti-Cybercrime Group (ACG) to take the lead in the conduct of the investigation, particularly on the aspect of targeting members of the academe.
“This is not an easy task when it comes to social media. We need the cooperation of the administrators of the platforms. But we are investigating,” said Gamboa.
He advised the victims to lodge complaints before the ACG in order to ensure full accountability of those who are behind the creation of fake Facebook accounts.
He said having complainants will also expedite the legal action against the perpetrators.
“We encourage everybody, if you see something anomalous or not legal in the different platforms, to report to the PNP so we can investigate it,” said Gamboa.
“We are always willing to help the public when it comes to cybercrimes,” he added.
In the past few days, netizens noticed the swarming of fake Facebook accounts using their names.
Academic institutions also issued a warning to their students, faculty members, staff, and alumni to check their accounts as the duplication of Facebook accounts is seen to be targeting the members of the academe.
Recently, a number of academic institutions voiced out their opposition to the Anti-Terrorism Bill.
The duplication of Facebook accounts also targeted both anti and pro-government supporters.