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Duterte slams Facebook after military-linked accounts purged

'We have to talk' about platform's future in the Philippines, president says

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has taken aim at U.S. social media giant Facebook. (Nikkei montage/Malacanang Presidential Photographers Division/AP and Kei Higuchi)

MANILA -- President Rodrigo Duterte has criticized Facebook's removal of accounts linked with Philippine military and police, setting up a potential clash that could complicate the social media giant's operations in one of its largest markets in the region.

Facebook last week removed 57 Facebook accounts, 31 Pages and 20 Instagram accounts for violating its policy relating to "coordinated inauthentic behavior" on behalf of a foreign or government entity.

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