Cybercops hunt fake news manufacturers

February 13, 2020

PHILIPPINE National Police chief, General Archie Francisco F. Gamboa yesterday said he has ordered intensified cyber-patrol operations against personalities behind the creation and circulation of fake news on different social media platforms in the country.

In his directive, the PNP chief instructed the PNP Anti-Cybercrime Group headed by Brigadier General Dennis P. Agustin to continue their aggressive monitoring of ‘fake news’ being circulated thru Facebook, Twitter and Viber accounts in the country triggering public panic and confusion.

He said that the PNP-ASG was ordered to monitor misinformation circulating in social media involving national or immediate concern, conduct validation and fact-check to provide reports and updates with Facebook for appropriate action.’

“This time, we need to double our effort against the proliferation of false information, most especially about national concerns. We will conceptualize legal offensive against those netizens posting misinformation on social media platforms,” Gen. Gamboa said

The PNP-ACG earlier launched a series of Investigation and validation pertaining to widespread misinformation or fake Facebook news with harmful content and panic effect to the public.

At the same time, the PNP cybercops are coordinating with Facebook Philippines through their law enforcement unit to monitor various fake news about the Corona Virus Disease 2019 or COVID-2019.

“Facebook PH is providing helpful information and support to people connecting with accurate information about the global and regional health situation particularly about the deadly COVID-2019 virus,” said Gen Gamboa.