Kabilang ang Pilipinas, sa ilalim ni President Rodrigo Duterte, sa tatlumpung gobyerno sa buong mundo na gumagamit ng “keyboard army” upang magkalat ng propaganda at patahimikin ang mga kritiko nito.
Ayon sa Freedom on the Net report 2017 ng Freedom House, ang Pilipinas ay isa sa 32 bansa kung saan bumaba ang internet freedom.
Inilathala rin sa report ang pagbayad at paggamit ng keyboard army ni Duterte noong eleksyon, at hanggang sa ngayon na presidente na siya.
“In the Philippines,news reports citing former members of a “keyboard army” said they could earn $10 per day operating fake social media accounts that supported Rodrigo Duterte or attacked his detractors in the run-up to his May 2016 election as president; many have remained active under his administration, amplifying the impression of widespread support for his brutal crackdown on the drug trade,” ani Freedom House.
Dagdag pa ng Freedom House, ang mga Duterte supporters na nagko-comment lang ay maaaring kumita ng PHP500 kada araw.
“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,” ani Freedom House.
“Other reports put the figure at PhP2,000-3,000 ($40-60) a day.48 Some reports noted the use of automated accounts or bots to spread political content.49 Similar content was also posted by volunteers,” dagdag pa ng Freedom House.
Binanggit rin sa report ang cyberattacks sa mga websites ng Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism (PCIJ) at National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP).