Proliferating ‘Fakebook accounts’ part of targeted attacks to sow fear and stifle dissent — KMP

The Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (KMP) said the proliferation of fake Facebook accounts is part of an orchestrated, systematic, and organized cyber attack against netizens who are voicing out their opinion and opposition to the newly-approved Anti-Terror Bill railroaded by Congress.

“Only well-oiled machineries with so much resources like the NTF-ELCAC and the AFP Cybergroup are capable of carrying out such malicious actions directed at ordinary citizens, activists, journalists and a wide range of Facebook users and netizens,” said Danilo Ramos, chairperson of KMP.

Overnight, personal Facebook accounts were duplicated — a way of showing that the government or organized groups with malicious intent are capable of monitoring the online activities or conducting online surveillance against any individual, personality and organization, especially netizens who are vocal with their opposition to the Anti-Terror Bill and other social issues. The attack using targeted cloning of real Facebook accounts, came after widespread public demand to Junk the terror bill. Some fake accounts bearing the names of real individuals were used to post fake and damaging information.  

Ramos enjoined the public, especially youth and students who have access to the internet to continue using various social media platforms to post and amplify the grievances and demands of broad sectors such as mass testing, economic aid for farmers and workers, mass transportation, livelihood and health services. “We must also persist in exposing the perils of the Anti-Terror Bill,” the peasant leader concluded. ###

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