Facebook shuts down groups supporting Taiwan KMT presidential candidate

Company unwilling to comment on individual cases

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A pro-Han Kuo-yu Facebook group.

A pro-Han Kuo-yu Facebook group. (CNA photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Facebook removed 118 fan pages, 99 groups, and 51 accounts on Friday (Dec. 13) alone, making it impossible for netizens to access some pages supporting Kuomintang (KMT) presidential candidate Han Kuo-yu (韓國瑜), according to media reports.

The company said the pages and groups had been found to be in violation of its guidelines, though it failed to mention which pages were involved specifically, CNA reported.

The issue emerged after a netizen who had tried to visit a pro-Han Facebook group consisting of 150,000 members could not do so, receiving instead a message that the content was not available at the moment.

The crackdown was part of Facebook’s efforts to protect the fairness of Taiwan’s elections, the company told CNA.

Following the reports, Han’s campaign office thanked his supporters for their online activities but also urged them to respect the rules of social media platforms such as Facebook in order to help safeguard Taiwan’s democracy.

Last week, the website announced data about spending on political ads related to the January 11 elections.