NPC to meet with Facebook to discuss cloned accounts

The National Privacy Commission (NPC) has invited Facebook Philippines for a meeting on Tuesday to seek more information regarding the numerous reports of impostor Facebook accounts.

Last week, Facebook users in the Philippines were alarmed by the sudden surge in cloned accounts with some of them trying to find a pattern on how accounts were chosen. It also spurred speculations and sowed fear to some.

In a report, the Philippines’ National Bureau of Investigation said it was “just a glitch” in the system.

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In a statement, the data privacy watchdog said it is currently coordinating with other government agencies while conducting a separate investigation of the matter.

“The National Privacy Commission is focused on probing the cause of the ‘privacy panic’ triggered by these impostor accounts and instituting remedial measures to protect Filipino Facebook users,” said Commissioner Raymund Liboro.

Almost one week into the incident and Facebook hasn’t updated the public on what happened.