The Trolls Of Jolo Revilla, Philippine Candidate For Congress: Cavite First District

Share This

The race for congressional representative of the 1st District of Cavite in the Philippines is well stocked with trolls. While analyzing the broader troll activity in the run up to the 2022 election, we stumbled across a fairly obvious group of trolls supporting candidate and Vice Governor Jolo Revilla that also advocate for presidential candidate Bong Bong Marcos. 

Their typical troll behavior includes:

Their industriousness far exceeds that of an authentic  constituent supporter of Jolo Revilla.  Are these fake accounts participating in Coordinated Inauthentic Behavior, or could they just be Jolo’s legitimate social media team whose job it is to share his posts?

Consider these facts:

  • None of them identify themselves as working for the campaign or being connected to Jolo in any official way. 
  • They share campaign posts to inappropriate pages.
  • They have created pages with misleading names that are meant to attract authentic accounts interested in  normal activities, such as “buying or selling,” in the examples above.
  • They have created and use “dump pages” that get zero engagement (likes, shares, comments) from anyone. These just serve to make their shares look more legitimate.

We invite you to explore Jolo’s “troll army” on our interactive page.

This project was 100% paid for by Philippine citizens. Contact us or Direct Message us on Twitter or Facebook for more information.