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The platform deactivates hundreds of accounts that promoted the Philippine presidential election campaign of Ferdinand Marcos Jr.

Twitter has shut down more than 300 accounts that the platform said promoted Philippine presidential candidate Ferdinand Marcos Jr., son of the notorious dictator who was toppled in the country. “People Power” 1986 movement.

The tech giant announced the suspensions on Friday, saying the accounts violated its policies on manipulation and spamming. “We remain vigilant in identifying and eliminating suspected news campaigns targeting election conversations,” a Twitter representative said, adding that its investigation into the suspicious accounts was ongoing.

The crackdown comes days after social media outlet Rappler reported that Marcos supporters were trying to dominate online conversation about the Philippine election race through accounts created in just months. Inauthentic users, such as rogue or paid accounts, can be used to make a topic appear more popular than it actually is.

Vic Rodriguez, Marcos’ chief of staff, released a statement praising Twitter for “closely monitor platform manipulation, spamming, and other attempts to undermine public conversation.” However, he added that he was unsure whether the suspended accounts belonged to Marcos supporters.


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The wealthy Marcos family remains politically powerful in the Philippines, despite the infamy surrounding the dictatorship of Ferdinand Marcos Sr., who ruled the country for more than two decades. The elder Marcos, who died in 1989, has been accused of corruption and human rights abuses. His wife, Imelda, flaunted a lavish lifestyle, shopping for art, jewelry and a shoe collection that reportedly reached 3,000 pairs. And yet, a testament to the family’s enduring political influence, she served in the Philippine House of Representatives as recently as 2019, taking a seat previously held by her son Ferdinand.

Young Marcos, known as ‘Bong bong,’ is currently the lead candidate in the race to succeed Rodrigo Duterte as president. His running mate is Sara Duterte-Carpio, daughter of the current president. The main rivals include current Vice President Leni Robredo, Manila Mayor Francisco ‘Isko Moreno’ Domagoso and boxing hero Manny Pacquiao.

Marcos Jr., who unsuccessfully ran for vice president in 2016, cleared a hurdle earlier this week by overcoming a challenge to his eligibility to run for office. The Philippines Election Commission rejected a petition to block his candidacy due to a past tax conviction.

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