POLICY VIOLATIONS | Facebook bans Philippines’ Twinmark Media Enterprises, fake accounts

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JANUARY 11, 2019 — Facebook has banned a digital marketing group in the Philippines and all its subsidiaries from its platform for violating misrepresentation and spam policies.

A total of 220 Facebook pages, 73 Facebook accounts and 29 Instagram accounts operated by Twinmark Media Enterprises were taken down.

Facebook’s Head of Cyber security Policy Nathaniel Gleicher said they found out that Twinmark was leading people to ad farms and selling access to various pages to generate profit.

“This specific investigation began after we learned that Twinmark was selling admin rights to Facebook Pages it had created, in order to increase distribution and generate profit, which violates our spam policy,” Gleicher said in a blog post.

“This prompted our teams to take a deeper look at a broader group of Pages and accounts associated with these users, ultimately uncovering a large network of Pages and accounts that were engaging in coordinated inauthentic behavior, the use of fake accounts, leading people to ad farms and selling access to Facebook Pages,” he added.

Among the pages taken down are Trending Topics Philippines, Daily News PH, Filipino Channel Online, The Filipino Insights, and Gorgeous Me.

Facebook also said the Trending Topics PH page underwent a change in name after it had built up a large following.

In October 2018, Facebook removed a number of pages and accounts in the Philippines for violation of spam and authenticity policies.