Facebook said pages it took down were linked to a system run by the former social media administrator of Rodrigo Duterte .
Facebook has continued its crackdown on coordinated misinformation in the Philippines.
The social media giant said on Friday it had taken down more than 200 pages, groups, and accounts in their respective countries, which it said misled others about who they were and what they were doing.
“We’re taking down these Pages and accounts based on their behavior , not the content they posted, ” Nathaniel Gleicher, Facebook’s head of cybersecurity program, said in a statement online.
“In this case, the person or persons behind the above-mentioned activities coordinated with one another and used imitation histories to misrepresent themselves, and that was the criteria for our action.”
Facebook said the people behind the specific activities utilized a mix of real and fake histories to post on pages and groups.
“They often posted about local and political news, including topics like the upcoming elections, candidate updates and attitudes, alleged misconduct of political opponents, and controversial phenomena that were claimed to occur during previous administrations, ” Gleicher added.
Around 3.6 million accounts followed one or more of these Facebook pages, and around $59,000 was spent on advertising.
Facebook also shared some of the posts published by these pages.
It claimed the specific activities was linked to a system are governed by Nic Gabunada, who was behind the social media strategy for Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte.
In 2016, Gabunada helped deliver win to Duterte through a network of volunteers who would help amplify the presidential candidate’s content via social media. A years later, Duterte declared he paid trolls to improve aid his campaign.
The latest activity comes after Facebook banned a Philippines digital commerce company called Twinmark Media Enterprises in January, after it was accused of using fake accounts and selling access to pages.