The sudden increase in fake Facebook accounts over the weekend may be because of a glitch, the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) said.

According to NBI Cybercrime Division Chief Victor Lorenzo, since Facebook is only a machine, it’s not impossible for it to encounter glitches.

“Ang tinitingnan pa lang namin ngayon, in all probability, glitch lang ito dahil napakahirap mag-create ng account ngayon sa Facebook, especially kapag madami kang kini-create na account under one ID, one cellphone number, one location,” Lorenzo said on an interview in DZMM Teleradyo.

The NBI official also said that they will investigate allegations that the fake accounts were deliberately created and only targets students of state universities like the University of the Philippines (UP) and the Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP).

Student organizations in UP and PUP claim that students have been receiving death threats from their fake accounts after they either joined the rally or voiced out their opinions against the proposed Anti-Terrorism Bill.

“Nag uumpisa na kami ngayon, gagawin na namin ‘yung mga necessary coordination sa mga counter parts natin and even sa Facebook,” Lorenzo assured.

He then advised Filipino social media users to avoid sharing and posting personal information online.

Under the Anti-Cybercrime Prevention Act, online identity theft is punishable by six to 12 years.

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