MANILA – A Catholic prelate on Tuesday urged the public to be vigilant against the proliferation of dummy accounts on social media, particularly on Facebook (FB).
Bataan Bishop Ruperto Santos also asked the people to report to proper authorities if they encountered fake FB accounts.
“Be vigilant, report fake FB accounts. Prosecute the perpetrators,” he said in an interview over Church-run Radio Veritas.
Santos said these fake accounts are “alarming and disturbing” as these can be used to spread misinformation.
“It is very dangerous as it can be used to harm or create false, derogatory information which could erode his credibility or destroy his reputation,” the Bataan bishop said.
He also reminded that using someone’s name or creating dummy accounts may be covered by one of the Ten Commandments, particularly the ninth Commandment which is “Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor”.
Both the National Bureau of Investigation and the Anti-Cybercrime Group of the Philippine National Police have started an investigation to find the perpetrators behind these fake accounts.
In the first quarter of 2020, Facebook has removed 1.7 billion fake accounts worldwide. (PNA)