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Facebook bans digital marketing firm for spam

Facebook bans digital marketing firm for spam

January 12, 2019

SOCIAL media giant Facebook banned a Philippine digital marketing company for “repeatedly violating its misrepresentation and spam policies,” the head of its cybersecurity group said on Friday.

Facebook said it removed about 220 pages and 73 accounts, and 29 accounts on Instagram, its photo sharing app, of Twinmark, which has 43 million followers.

The Manila Times tried contacting Twinmark Media, but no one was available to answer questions.

Facebook has stepped up efforts to root out fake accounts after being criticized for failing to tackle hate speech and misinformation on its platforms.

Filipinos are among the world’s heaviest users of social media, and the country has been a key battleground for fake news.

The average Filipino spends nearly 4 hours per day on social media — the most in the world —according to Britain-based media consultancy We Are Social.

German database firm Statista estimates there are 73 million Facebook users in the Philippines as of October 2018, the sixth-largest country group.

In October last year, Facebook said it removed a network of 95 pages and 39 accounts in the Philippines, including one with 4.8 million followers, for violating the social media outfit’s spam and authenticity policies.

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