• FB offers to cover Duterte inauguration

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    Social media site Facebook has reached out to the communications team of President-elect Rodrigo Duterte for the possible live streaming of his inauguration on June 30.

    In a statement, the Duterte camp said that incoming Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar met with Elizabeth Hernandez, head of Facebook Public Policy for Asia Pacific, “to discuss the live streaming of the inaugural event in the social media giant.”

    “With the inauguration ceremony drawing near on June 30th, Facebook is reaching out to the communications team of the incoming president to offer its support in using its online platform for the historic occasion,” the camp said in a statement.

    Also present during the meeting were incoming Presidential Spokesperson Ernie Abella, Paul Dominguez, media executive and blogger Nic Gabunada, and business development director John Carlo Tria.

    The Duterte camp said that Facebook was also “keen in helping the new administration use its site for the governance part of the 16th Philippine president, noting the high level of engagement among social media users in last month’s elections.”

    Duterte was the most talked about presidential candidate in Facebook during the election.

    In its earlier statement, Facebook said that from November 20, 2015 to April 20, 2016, 17.9 million people globally engaged in conversations related to the Philippine elections.

    This generated 176 million interactions in terms of likes, posts, comments, and shares, on the social media platform.

    Out of the 176 million interactions, Duterte owned 68 percent of the conversations on presidential bets.

    Conversations on Duterte peaked on April 17 when a video of him making rape remarks about late Australian missionary Jacqueline Hamill circulated.

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