They are hired guns working in inconspicuous offices across the Philippines. Their weapons are computer screens and keyboards. Their mission: to do their client’s bidding. It could be anything from spreading lies about a politician to promoting a particular celebrity. These are the troll armies of the Philippines – online keyboard warriors who work around the clock, furiously posting on thousands of fake social media accounts.
Filipinos are ranked number 1 in the world for the most amount of time spent on social media, with information gleaned online highly influential. Even former president Rodrigo Duterte was accused of using online trolls to win the 2016 presidency by promoting his policies.
In the 2022 Philippines elections, troll armies are back in the spotlight. Undercover Asia investigates who are running these troll armies and how they operate. Can they be stopped?
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