Tuesday, April 27, 2010

NoyNoy Aquino Fan Page Hacked!

The fan page of election frontrunner, Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III was temporarily removed from social networking site Facebook after administrators “detected a breach” in the account.
In a statement posted at Aquino’s fan page, Liberal Party said the attack was meant to spread black propaganda and misinformation. The hackers even supposedly removed supporters from the list and made a fake profile of Senator Aquino to mislead fans.

“Opponents of presidential frontrunner Benigno “Noynoy” S. Aquino have
resorted to utilizing the internet to spread black propaganda and misinformation,” according to a statement posted on the Fan page when it went online again 4 p.m.

The statement added their camp experienced similar problems recently, such as the fake press release attributed to Franklin Drilon saying he was supporting Makati Mayor Jejomar Binay for vice president.

“What they don’t realize is that Pinoys online are more discerning and can see through their dirty tactics,” said Vicente Romano, head of Aquino’s New Media Bureau, in a statement.

Aside from Aquino, eight other presidential candidates also maintain accounts in social networking sites where they post updates about their campaign. These accounts are usually linked to the candidates’ official websites.

Aquino recently added an interactive map on his website where supporters are encouraged to mark the areas where incidents of election irregularities have been reported.

Professor Rachel Khan, who teaches online journalism at the University of the Philippines, said the widespread use of social media changes the election scenario.

“It gives politicians a venue for clarifying allegations against them,” she said.

“I think it can very well boost the youth and OFW vote for the candidate. Also, social media and websites help people looking for more information about candidates,” she added.

Khan added that the increasing use of social media in political campaigns may be linked to the active participation of young voters, who comprise the largest age group on the Internet.


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