Department of Justice (DOJ) Secretary Menardo Guevarra directed the cybercrime office to coordinate with the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) to promptly investigate the sudden surge of bogus accounts on social media platform Facebook.
In a message, Guevarra said that amid a serious public health crisis, the country doesn’t need false information.
Guevarra: I will immediately direct the DOJ Office of Cybercrime to coordinate with the NBI and PNP cybercrime units to promptly investigate the apparent proliferation of fake or dummy accounts on Facebook. @cnnphilippines
— Anjo Cagmat Alimario (@anjocalimario) June 7, 2020
Further, DOJ’s cybercrime office reminded the public that identity theft is a crime punishable under the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012. It also appealed to those affected by the creation of fake Facebook accounts to report it to them.
“This is actually a very serious violation of our criminal laws on cybercrime,” said DOJ spokesperson Markk Perete who also mentioned that they have so far received 100 complaints linked to the sudden surge of fake Facebook accounts.
Perete added that they plan to ask Facebook to preserve these accounts so they can easily track down the people behind them.
On the other hand, the National Privacy Commission (NPC) said it is also monitoring the reported surge of fake social media accounts.