PNP stepping up cyber patrol vs extremist websites
MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine National Police – Anti-Cybercrime Group (PNP-ACG) said it will strengthen its cyber patrol operations to go after websites used for promoting violent extremism.
“We are now looking into some online sites that may serve as a platform to promote and provide open grounds to plot and exhibit violence and terrorism,” Brig. Gen. Dennis Agustin, PNP-ACG director, said in a statement on Wednesday.
The cyber-police unit said it intensified its patrols due to the rampant terrorism-related activities in online platforms, including the 8chan online messaging board that was recently linked to mass shootings in the United States.
Agustin said more intensive patrolling may also help pinpoint the whereabouts and online operations of 8chan owner Jim Watkins, who is believed to be in the Philippines.
Agustin also confirmed that Watkins could still be in the country “but has since moved out in his leased apartment.” /gsg
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