On reports of Facebook users being locked out or notified that their accounts are being accessed by persons other than themselves

Released:

December 2, 2016

On reports of Facebook users being locked out or notified that their accounts are being accessed by persons other than themselves:

1. There's no need for any sophisticated tool to create the above scenario. Simple repeated login attempts to your account by anyone will trigger such notifications from Facebook.

2. The best thing to do is to make sure that you have a strong password. When changing your password, make sure you are using a trusted computer and connected to a trusted network.

On the proliferation of devices called "fake cell towers":

1. These devices are available online and can be easily bought. NTC is the agency that is supposed to regulate any device that uses radio frequency. Its proliferation without proper permits from the NTC only shows how inutile this agency is.

2. Resources are freely available online on the use of such devices for educational purposes and even for personal/community communications.

3. However, using such devices for illegal activities should be investigated and punished by relevant government agencies (NTC, NBI, NPC, etc)

The Computer Professionals' Union condemns any malicious use of technology to violate privacy, steal identities, and threaten people into silence over differences in political belief.

President Duterte himself has guaranteed that he will not stop groups from protesting on the issue of the Marcos burial out of respect to our right to free expression. This guarantee implicitly extends to the realm of cyberspace.

We urge governmant agencies to look into these serious matter and punish groups and individuals encouraging and doing such acts.

Last of all, we urge our fellow Filipinos and fighters for truth, justice and genuine social change to not be cowered amid continuous attempts and threats to silence us - be it online or offline.

Join us in today's Black Friday Protest at Luneta Park this 4pm as living proof that the voice of reason and the call for justice will not be silenced. The fight for freedom, just peace, and social justice continues.#