Twitter Suspends Accounts Promoting Marcos Jr. in Philippines

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The Facts

  • Twitter suspended hundreds of accounts supporting the presidential campaign of Ferdinand Marcos Jr., 64, for what it deemed violations of its policies on spam and manipulation.

  • Marcos Jr.--who previously served as a congressman, senator, and governor--is the son of the long-serving former Filipino president who ruled under martial law for many years.

The Spin

Narrative A

Much suspicious Twitter account activity was revealed around the time Marcos announced his candidacy. Marcos and his allies are using social media to spread disinformation and rewrite the history of Marcos Sr. and his dictatorship.

Narrative B

Personality dominates politics in the Philippines and Twitter is trrying to censor and stiffle the campaign of the popular and charismatic Marcos Jr.

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