Facebook removes pro-Duterte 'spam networks'

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 23) — Facebook has removed almost a hundred pages — including a handful of pro-Duterte pages — in the Philippines after it was found guilty of posting spam or irrelevant content.

Facebook on Tuesday said it has removed 95 pages and 39 accounts as part of its ongoing efforts to protect its services from abuse.

Facebook did not publish the entire list, but some of the pages named are those that are vocal in their support for President Rodrigo Duterte and Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos. The political pages include names like Duterte Media, Duterte sa Pagbabago BUKAS, DDS, Duterte Phenomenon, DU30 Trending News, and Manang Imee.

The social network company noted the said pages violated Facebook's "spam and authenticity policies by encouraging people to visit low quality websites that contain little substantive content and are full of disruptive ads."

Facebook said 4.8 million followed at least one of the 95 pages.

"We don't want this kind of behavior on Facebook — and we're investing heavily in both people and technology to keep bad content off our services...," Facebook said in a statement. "This takedown is a small step in the right direction, and we will continue working to find and remove more bad content."

Facebook said it will keep removing accounts that break its rules.