PNoy you just lost one die-hard supporter (Update-2)

Ben Totanes wrote on his blog (this is a snippet):

Ngayon, subukan ninyo i-click ito: http://www.facebook.com/noynoy.aquino

Wala… Wala na ang Benigno “Noynoy” S. Aquino III Facebook Page na aking sinimulan.  Ang Facebook Page na pinaglaanan namin ng panahon, pinag-puyatan, pinag-gastusan ko ng sarili kong pera at pera ng mga nag-donate, ang BSAIII Facebook Page ng taong bayan ay tinanggal na ng Facebook.

Ngayon, puntahan ninyo ito: http://www.facebook.com/presidentnoy

Iyan ang ngayong ”Official” Facebook Page ni P-Noy na sinimulan nila noong Agosto lamang. Ang namamahala nito ay ang Communications team ni P-Noy.  Si Sec. Coloma ang pinuno nito at ang Usec niya na si George Syliangco ang in charge ng lahat ng media assets.  Sa unang tingin, parang wala namang mali.  Pero tignan ninyo ang mga members, 1.5 milyon.  Noong November 5 (6 days ago) 100 thousand lamang ito. Nakakapag taka ‘di ba?

Matagal na ako sa Facebook at alam ko na hindi lang basta-basta kikilos ang Facebook upang isara ang isang Facebook Page.  Kailangan ng opisyal na dokumento o request bago ito mangyari, at kailangan ito i-authenticate.  Batay sa aking mga narinig galing sa ibang kaibigan na naging kasama namin sa kampanya at may alam sa nangyayari sa Malacanang, ang BSAIII ay ini-utos ipasara ng Communications team ni P-Noy, at karamihan ng member nito, ini request sa Facebook na ipa-lipat sa “Official” Facebook Page ng wala nilang pahintulot. Hindi possible na mag-gain ng 1.4 million members ang “Official” page ni PNoy in 6 days kung walang intervention ang Facebook.  Ipina-lipat ito.

So, walang warning, walang communication.  Pinatanggal na lang ang BSAIII at ninakaw ang karamihan sa 2.2 million na members nito.

Maraming miyembro ng Yellow Army Volunteers – ito ang mga mamamayan na kumilos sa kaslada, umattend sa mga rally, naki sigaw ng LABAN – na kumikilala na ang kanilang bahay sa Facebook ay ang BSAIII. Bago nawala ang BSAIII, marami na rin sa kanila ang naasiman sa nangyayari sa administrasyon at ngayon lalong nadismaya nang biglang nawala ang kanilang kinikilalang tahanan sa Facebook.  Ayaw nila sa “Official” page, dahil kung gusto nila, matagal na silang lumipat.  Ngayon, bigla na lamang nila nakita na naka-”like” na ang mga account nila doon ng walang pahintulot.

Secretary Coloma issued a statement regarding the President’s Facebook fan page. We published it here.

This is a snippet of Coloma’s statement:

On August 16, 2010, we opened the Official Website and Social Networking Sites of President Benigno S. Aquino III. We were aware of the Facebook Management policy that states: “Only the official representative of an organization, business, celebrity, or band may create a Facebook Page.” http://www.facebook.com/help/?page=904

Facebook Management implemented this policy early this week. That’s almost three months after we opened President Aquino’s Official Facebook Fan Page.

There is another policy of Facebook Management which states clearly, “If you would like to create a Facebook presence for a celebrity or organization, and you are not officially authorized to do so, please create a Facebook group instead, as this may be created and maintained by any user.”



updated: included a snippet of Coloma’s statement.

UPDATE-2:
GMA News has picked up the story,

History of the BSA3 fan page

Totanes said that he and Abrantes were contacted in October 2009 by Vicente Romano III, the head of Aquino’s New Media Bureau at the time, to ask if they could lend their support to the Aquino campaign.

According to Totanes, the BSA3 fan page was subsequently adopted as Aquino’s official campaign page, with some 80,000 Fans at the time. Following Aquino’s triumph at the polls, the number of fans steadily grew to 2.2 million as of November this year, Totanes said.

However, after the election, Romano allegedly recommended that the fan page be shut down. Instead, Totanes and Abrantes offered to turn over administration of the page to the then newly-formed Presidential Communications Group on the condition that comments critical of the administration would not be removed.

“Sinabi ko sa kanila na pwede pa rin nila gamitin ito, nguni’t dapat pamalagiin itong ‘Feedback Forum’ ng sambayanang Pilipino, at huwag tatanggalin ang mga comments —pro or anti— ng mga tao,” he said.

(I told them that they can still use the fan page, as long as it’s maintained as a venue for feedback from the Filipino people. No comments must be removed, be they negative or positive.)

Coloma allegedly disagreed with Totanes’ conditions, and decided to set up a new official fan page, PresidentNoy, in August this year.

On November 9, Totanes received an email directly from Facebook administrators saying that the BSA3 fan page “has been removed for violating (Facebook’s) Terms of Use.”

“Among other things, Pages that are hateful, threatening, or obscene are not allowed. We also take down Pages that attack an individual or group, or that are set up by an unauthorized individual. If your Page was removed for any of the above reasons, it will not be reinstated,” Facebook administrators told Totanes.

Meanwhile, the number of fans of the PresidentNoy fan page jumped from around 100,000 on November 8 to almost 1.6 million just two days later, according to AllFacebook statistics.

The ProPinoy Project

  • Odette Leones

    i’m not much of a technology person, but from what i’ve read about this incident the BSA3 facebook page is not parading or representing itself as an official page of the President. It is a Fan Page created by people who supported PNOY during the campaign. It is a page where members can air comments be it negative or positive about the present administration. So I don’t think the presidents men like Sec. Coloma or anyone for that matter can have it closed down without even notice to the owner of the page.

    Also I would like to believe that PNOY is an advocate of freedom of expression and that He also is not one who would curtail another persons right to express disgust or disappointment over his administration, sabi nga nya “kayo ang boss ko”. So negative comments or remarks should be taken as a good feed back mechanism for him to look into things that he or his men have overlooked.

    It’s sad that this is happening… calling on PNOY please look into this personally the people behind BSA3 are obviously your supporters and they deserve at least the courtesy of being informed before they are unceremoniously erased from the page were they devoted their time and energy.

  • Odette Leones

    i’m not much of a technology person, but from what i’ve read about this incident the BSA3 facebook page is not parading or representing itself as an official page of the President. It is a Fan Page created by people who supported PNOY during the campaign. It is a page where members can air comments be it negative or positive about the present administration. So I don’t think the presidents men like Sec. Coloma or anyone for that matter can have it closed down without even notice to the owner of the page.

    Also I would like to believe that PNOY is an advocate of freedom of expression and that He also is not one who would curtail another persons right to express disgust or disappointment over his administration, sabi nga nya “kayo ang boss ko”. So negative comments or remarks should be taken as a good feed back mechanism for him to look into things that he or his men have overlooked.

    It’s sad that this is happening… calling on PNOY please look into this personally the people behind BSA3 are obviously your supporters and they deserve at least the courtesy of being informed before they are unceremoniously erased from the page were they devoted their time and energy.

  • UP nn grad

    GMA-news TV reports : “Meanwhile, the number of fans of the PresidentNoy fan page jumped from around 100,000 on November 8 to almost 1.6 million just two days later, according to AllFacebook statistics.”
    —————
    Magaling ang pagpili ni Presidente Noynoy kay Coloma, marunong pala si Coloma ng electronic hocus-pocus. Na-itransfer na lang ganoon-ganoon higit sa one million “I like” votes (errr….) signatures.

  • Bert

    Bloodlime, mayroon kang point diyan sa sinabi mo. Pero, alam mo ba kung ano ang kalawang? Iyan ang dumi na sumisira sa sarili niyang bakal.

    Palagay ko si coloma ay isang kalawang na dapat ng alisin.

  • alfred

    I totally agree with what bloodlime said. Pnoy’s supporters are really very pathetic. Everytime there is a blooper happening in the present government, Pnoy is unaware of it. It’s somebody’s else fault. It seems that Pnoy is really not aware of everything that is happening with the government. My gosh! He is the government for God’ sake.

  • Para makakauha po kayo ng mas maliwanag na imahe kung paano ang patakbo ni Sec. Sonny Coloma, eto po isang halimbawa, 2 weeks na delayed ang mga sweldo ng mga orihinal na OPS employees para po magamit ang pondo ng payroll namin sa byahe ng staff niya na kasama sa Japan. Ganyan po ang patakbo ni Sonny Coloma kaya di po ako nagtataka kung bakit ganyan din ang kanyang ginawa sa isang loyal na supporter ng pangulo

  • Bloodlime

    Bakit ganoon? Kapag may nagiging mali ang administrasyon, sinasabi na it’s not PNoy’s fault, or PNoy was not aware of it…
    So ano siya sa Palasyo? Puppet? He should know the things that the people around him are doing otherwise, magugulat na lang siya at baka magkatotoo yung sinasabi dati na patatalsikin siya ng taumbayan sa pamamagitan ng isang people power…

  • GabbyD

    this is a textbook example of what a gaffe is…

  • UP nn grad

    Magaling ang pagpili ni Presidente Noynoy kay Coloma, marunong pala si Coloma ng electronic hocus-pocus. Na-itransfer na lang ganoon-ganoon ang “I like” votes (errr….) signatures.

  • Cocoy

    Bert, the question is… why did it get this far?

    Totanes was a supporter. Couldn’t Coloma just asked him for control of the page? The statement was pretty dry. No mention of Totanes, his contribution to the president’s campaign or Coloma being diplomatic or gracious at all.

    Ben’s blog entry showed he was hurt. And hurt a lot.

  • Cocoy

    fjordz, it was probably coordinated with Facebook. There’s no way to do it unless from the backend.

  • This is the first time I heard that someone can transfer all the likes from the old account to an official account. Anyway, since you mentioned that most of the people who liked BSAIII didn’t know that they are now being transferred to this so-called ‘official’ account, I think its kind of unfair.

  • Bert

    If it’s true, it’s coloma’s fault, not Pres. Noynoy’s. It’s even highly possible that the president is not aware of it, so why should Mr. Ben Totanes be taking it on the president?

    Mr. Coloma should be made to answer for this arbitrary move without informing Mr. Totanes, the one who started that FB account.

    Fair is fair.