1.5K maintained social media pages functional: PNP

1.5K maintained social media pages functional: PNP

PNP chief, Gen. Camilo Cascolan. (File photo)

MANILA – All 1,585 social media pages and networking sites officially owned and maintained by the Philippine National Police (PNP) are operational, the country’s top cop said Monday.

In a press briefing in Camp Crame, PNP chief, Gen. Camilo Cascolan, however, said many of these pages are not actively engaging with netizens.

“All these sites are monitored by the National Headquarters and PNP units maintaining these social networking sites are constantly reminded to strictly observe PNP Rules on social media use, and cautioned against libelous posts and content that may trigger cyber-bullying, and those that infringe on civil rights that protect data privacy, intellectual property and confidentiality of information,” Cascolan told reporters.

He also assured that disciplinary sanctions shall be imposed upon any PNP member who willfully violates the rules and regulations embodied in the PNP Social Media Policy, specifically Memorandum Circular No. 2020-034 that prescribe the “Guidelines and Procedures on Social Media Content, Post and Engagement Utilizing Official Social Media Accounts and Individual Accounts of PNP Personnel”.

“I had the opportunity to inform Congress of PNP actions in response to the much-publicized takedown of some Facebook accounts purportedly associated with the PNP. I told Congress that we have communicated with Facebook seeking a list of purported PNP-linked accounts that were shut down due to alleged “coordinated inauthentic behavior”,” said Cascolan.

Cascolan added that Rob Abrams, Trust and Safety Manager for Asia Pacific of Facebook Singapore, has acknowledged their correspondence with an “implied assurance of availability of the requested information upon compliance of certain internal requisites”. (PNA)

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