Vic Rodriguez, Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos’ chief of staff and spokesperson, said today that Facebook has suspended his personal account.
“FB/Meta suspended my account because I am for Bongbong Marcos. This is censorship of the highest degree and interference on a sovereign act,” Rodriguez said in a statement.
The spokesperson for the current frontrunner in the Philippines’ upcoming presidential election did not offer any evidence for his assertion that his account had been suspended due to his support for Marcos.
Screenshots shared by Rodriguez only showed that the platform had informed him that his account had been suspended because activity on it did not follow Facebook’s community standards.
Another screenshot showed the platform requesting an official ID to prove his identity and to check whether the account in question actually belonged to him.
While his personal account indeed appears to be suspended, as of writing, Vic Rodriguez’s official Facebook page remains active.
In early April, Meta (Facebook’s parent company) announced that it had suspended a network of over 400 accounts, pages and groups related to the Philippines elections in order to crack down on hate speech and misinformation. In January, Twitter suspended more than 300 accounts linked to a pro-Marcos network for violating the company’s platform manipulation and spam policy.