Facebook warning over Esperon post 'offensive' and 'downright alarming': DILG

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FILE PHOTO: Hermogenes Esperon, then presidential adviser on the peace process, answer questions during a news conference in Manila July 17, 2008. REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco  (PHILIPPINES)
FILE PHOTO: Hermogenes Esperon, then presidential adviser on the peace process, answer questions during a news conference in Manila July 17, 2008. REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco (PHILIPPINES)

The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) has come out guns blazing against Facebook, after the social media giant issued a restriction warning against National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr.

In his post on Thursday (April 14), Esperon had urged Filipinos to “unite against armed struggle” and organizations supporting communist group members whom he claimed have “infiltrated Congress”, triggering the warning.

But the DILG claimed Facebook’s move was “downright offensive” and “alarming”, calling out its "so-called standards that are obviously one-sided and serve to promote the interests of the few and powerful."

In a statement, DILG Undersecretary and National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC), spokesperson Jonathan Malaya also denounced "Facebook and its biased fact-checkers for their imprudence and audacity."

He added, “The imprudence of FB to warn Secretary Esperon on a national security issue is unthinkable and downright offensive as the social media platform has taken on the role of Big Brother with the power to censure the social media posts of the NSA himself on matters of national security.”

Malaya also urged Facebook to "leave national security matters to the experts.”

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