There’s no proof that the sudden emergence of fake Facebook accounts last weekend is connected to coordinated and malicious activities, Facebook said in a statement.

“At this time, we have not seen evidence of the reported accounts engaging in coordinated or malicious activity focused on creating fake accounts,” the company said.

The tech firm also confirmed that its investigation is still ongoing, and has encouraged users to continue reporting fake accounts bearing their respective names.

On June 7, Facebook feeds of most Filipino Facebook users were filled with posts about fake clone accounts, which some were reported to be sending threats amid the controversial proposed Anti-Terrorism Bill.

Several lawmakers raised concerns about how the proliferation of the fake Facebook accounts, mostly of those who participated in rallies and have aired their sentiments against the government of the social media platform, is an online, modern way of planting evidence.

“Students are worried that these accounts may be used to plant bogus evidence that would implicate them in crimes outlined in the anti-terror bill,” said Senator Francis Pangilinan.

“We demand that Facebook investigate this incident and find the culprits behind it. We must not allow social media to be used as a platform for identity theft, intimidation, or worse, a tool to plant bogus evidence,” the opposition senator added.

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