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Facebook takes down fake China Telecom page

“China Telecom had already asked Facebook to take it down, and from what I know, it has been stricken down,” DICT officer-in-charge Eliseo Rio told The STAR in a text message yesterday. File

MANILA, Philippines — Social media giant Facebook has taken down a fake page promoting the supposed entry of China Telecom in the Philippine market, according to the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT).

“China Telecom had already asked Facebook to take it down, and from what I know, it has been stricken down,” DICT officer-in-charge Eliseo Rio told The STAR in a text message yesterday.

He earlier confirmed that the account was fake and called on Filipinos not to believe its content.

The page gained popularity after President Duterte pushed for the entry of a Chinese telecommunications company in the country in the first quarter of 2018.

Thousands followed the fake account after it drummed up China Telecom’s entry to the Philippines.

Among the fake content that were widely shared among netizens was a supposed promotion for a free one-year subscription to high-speed internet in the Philippines.

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Another post also contained the supposed rates that the company will charge once it begins operations in the Philippines.

While the fake content about China Telecom are no longer available, several Facebook pages continue to use variations of the name “China Telecom Philippines” to share information about the company.

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