PNA says after stories were flagged for allegedly breaking community standards

Composite photo of Philippine News Agency publishing material and Facebook app logo file photo (Facebook/PNA) (Reuters/Dado Ruvic/Illustration/File Photo)

(Updated: 6:05 p.m.) Social media giant Facebook restricted state management last Saturday Philippine News Agency of posting stories on the social networking site for allegedly breaking its community standards.

On Sunday, PNA notified the public and said previously deleted Facebook posts had already been restored.

The agency noted that the posts were reported before midnight on April 23.

“WE ARE BACK. The Philippine News Agency (PNA) apologizes to our readers and followers for the delay in publishing our stories on Facebook due to unforeseen circumstances,” she said on her page. Facebook on April 24.

“Since before midnight on April 23, 2022, PNA stories posted on Facebook, as well as those of individual account sharers of PNA articles, have been flagged – sparking outrage, concern and confusion among netizens,” he added.

PNA added that MetaFacebook’s parent company, has yet to provide the agency with an explanation of how the posts it removed violated the platform’s guidelines.

“As of this post, PNA’s previously deleted posts are now back on Facebook, but its parent company, Meta, does not yet have an explanation of how the posts violated their Community Standards, particularly by cybersecurity,” he said.

The ANP informed the public of its situation via a message at 12:52 p.m. on Sunday.

He noted that the posts were flagged in violation of Facebook’s Community Standards for cybersecurity.

“Social media giant Meta (Facebook) has flagged multiple posts by PNA that allegedly violated its Community Standards. One of the flagged and recently deleted posts is “The town of Kabankalan is proud to be home to the oldest Pinoys”, a story about the life of 124-year-old Francisca Montes Susano,” PNA said.

“The article was posted on the official PNA Facebook page and website on September 13, 2021 and was marked as a post in violation of Facebook’s Cybersecurity Community Standards on April 24, 2022,” it said. added.

The agency further said shared posts from its reporters’ and editors’ accounts were also removed.

His Twitter account is not affected by the restriction.

Facebook Policies

According to Facebook’s cybersecurity policy rationale, attempts to collect or access “sensitive” and unauthorized information are considered violations.

“Attempts to collect sensitive personal information or unauthorized access by deceptive or invasive methods are detrimental to the genuine, open and safe atmosphere that we want to foster. Therefore, we do not allow attempts to collect sensitive user information or unauthorized access through the misuse of our platform, products or services,” Facebook mentioned.

Facebook’s Transparency Center also lists the following online activities that would be considered to violate its cybersecurity policies:

  • Access accounts, Facebook, Inc. entity profiles, or user data other than your own through deceptive means or without the explicit permission of the account, profile, or entity owner.
  • Encourage or trick users into downloading or running any files or programs that may compromise a user’s online security or data, including through malicious software or websites. These files and programs will be considered malicious software or “malicious software” if they damage or gain unauthorized access to a computer, device or network.
  • Attempt to obtain, acquire, or solicit another user’s login information or other sensitive information, either explicitly or through deceptive means such as phishing (e.g., fake surveys designed to capture login information or links to fake login pages or impostor websites) or the use of malicious software or websites.
  • Publicly share your own login information or those of others, either on the platform or through a third-party service.
  • Create, share, or host malware, including browser extensions and mobile applications, on or off the Platform that endangers our users or our products and services.
  • Provide online infrastructure including web hosting services, domain name system servers and advertising networks that allow abusive links such as a majority of these links on Facebook or Instagram violate spam sections or cybersecurity community standards.

“Dangerous, alarming”

the national press club accused Facebook’s partners in its fact-checking initiative, Rappler and Vera Files, of alleged involvement in the incident.

NPC President Paul Gutierrez described the restriction as “total censorship” that tramples on the country’s “sovereignty”.

“This is dangerous and truly alarming. Increasingly, Facebook, pushed by its fact-checkers and other enemies of the state, such as CTG, is demonstrating its ability to use the neo-fascist method of censors wholesale – and of a whole country at that – without caring that it is already trampling the laws and the sovereignty of our Republic”, Gutierrez mentioned.

Gutierrez called on government agencies to “discipline” Facebook and its fact-checkers.

“The NPC’s call for responsible government agencies to discipline Facebook and its fact-checkers, especially Rappler and Vera Files, has become more urgent and compelling,” he said.

Despite these allegations, Inday Espina-Varona, regions manager for Rappler, in a tweet said she disagreed with a “general act against any holding of information when she can respond post by post”.

“Media pa din ito. Horrible but still… I protest that it makes things difficult for the whole outfit. Pwede namang mag targets its false information by message, not a general act,” she said.

The ruling party PDP-Laban also denounced the withdrawal of PNA posts.

PDP-Laban chairman Alfonso Cusi, also energy secretary, specified the cut in positions for political candidates that President Rodrigo Duterte and the party had approved for the May elections.

“It is alarming that a foreign media company blatantly controls and censors in violation of our freedom of expression and the right to information and expression not only of our citizens, but also of many of our government institutions. This is a direct attack on Filipino rights and sovereignty,” Cusi said. mentioned.

On Monday afternoon, a spokesperson for Meta, Facebook’s parent company, Told Philstar.com that an automation system – not third-party fact-checkers as claimed by the Department of Home Affairs and Local Government – ​​was behind the reporting of the posts by the PNA.

“We are aware that some links to the PNA and Radyo Pilipinas websites appear to be blocked from being shared on our apps, by an automation system”, Meta was quoted by Philstar.com as told.

“As a result, other Facebook Pages that have already shared these links would also have their posts flagged. We are investigating and working to resolve this issue,” he added.

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