In the Philippines, candidates and government officials routinely pay vast cyber-troll armies that create multiple fake social media accounts to smear opponents. Photo: Reuters

Philippine troll armies set sights on US politics as Silicon Valley struggles to fight fake news

  • Philippine candidates and government officials pay vast online armies to create multiple fake social media accounts to smear opponents
  • And it could soon spread abroad, given Filipinos’ proficiency in English, facility with social media and the lure of money from campaigns
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In the Philippines, candidates and government officials routinely pay vast cyber-troll armies that create multiple fake social media accounts to smear opponents. Photo: Reuters
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