Gov't shuts down social media accounts of terrorism supporters

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 7) — Some 60 social media accounts allegedly facilitating or supporting terrorist propaganda have been taken down, the military said Friday.

Armed Forces of the Philippines spokesperson Brig. Gen. Restituto Padilla said that these are just some of 300 more accounts they are closely monitoring.

"Previously, we were monitoring only about less than a hundred, it grew to about 120 plus. now it's about 300 that we're monitoring" Padilla said in a news briefing.

"So of the accounts that we're monitoring, about almost 60 or 64 of that has been taken down. And this was with the cooperation of the social media companies and we're doing it continuously," he added.

He did not specify which social media platforms these accounts were on, but he added that social media companies have been helpful in going after accounts that are spreading terrorist propaganda.

The Philippine National Police's Anti-Cybercrime Unit is helping the military, Padilla added.

Department of Information and Communication Technologies (DICT) Secretary Rodolfo Salalima in June said people involved in spreading ISIS propaganda online will be arrested.

"Rebellion and sedition are crimes under the old revised penal code. You do sedition, you incite people via cyber or via internet…there is 'cyber-rebellion,' there is 'cyber sedition,'" Salalima said.

Facebook, amid widespread attacks worldwide, said it will remove fake accounts and accounts that support any terror propaganda.

CNN Philippines senior correspondent Ina Andolong contributed to this report.