Secretary Sonny Coloma published this on the President’s Facebook page:
12 November 2010
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.”
It is clear from the foregoing policies that Facebook Management seeks to minimize confusion that may arise from the existence of more than one Official Facebook Fan Page for a public official — in this case, for President Aquino.
In the light of these developments, we invite everyone to visit and participate in President Aquino’s Official Facebook Fan Page. We wish to emphasize that this is an inclusive page. We value the free expression of diverse opinions which, after all, is an essential element in a vibrant democracy like ours.
Secretary, Presidential Communications Operations Office