Freedom House reports Duterte admin's "keyboard army" paid $40-60/day to attack critics


A US-based human rights watchdog has claimed that the Philippine government has been employing what it called a "keyboard army" that is specifically paid to make it appear the Duterte administration's controversial and deadly war on drugs has been gaining widespread public support. A study of internet freedom in 65 countries by human rights group Freedom House found 30 governments are deploying some form of manipulation to distort online information, up from 23 the previous year. (PHL gov’t paying ‘keyboard army’ P500 a day to ‘amplify’ public support for drug war —watchdog; GMA News Online; Published November 14, 2017 1:57pm; http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/news/nation/633100/phl-gov-t-paying-keyboard-army-p500-a-day-to-amplify-public-support-for-drug-war-watchdog/story/)
Reports of commenters paid to manipulate the online information landscape increased during the coverage period. News reports citing individuals involved said the commenters, which they characterized as part of a “keyboard army,” could earn at least PHP500 (US$10) a day operating fake social media accounts supporting President Rodrigo Duterte or attacking his detractors. Other reports put the figure at PhP2,000-3,000 ($40-60) a day. Some reports noted the use of automated accounts or bots to spread political content.49 Similar content was also posted by volunteers. (https://freedomhouse.org/report/freedom-net/2017/Philippines)

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