Comelec warns vs fake social media accounts posing as official sites

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 27) – The Commission on Elections warned on Thursday against social media accounts impersonating its key officials.

In a statement, Comelec spokesman James Jimenez said the proliferation of the fake profiles on online platforms such as Facebook and Twitter is “potentially part of a broader attempt to undermine the integrity of the elections.”

The poll body urged the public not to accept any such suspicious friend or follow request, and instead report the accounts for violation of the platforms’ policy on impersonation.

Earlier, a fake profile under the name of Commissioner Marlon Casquejo surfaced on Twitter.

“Apart from closely coordinating with social media platforms to take down these profiles and accounts, the Comelec stands ready to take legal action against the perpetrators," Jimenez said.