Are Mocha Uson’s supporters even real?

Are Mocha Uson’s supporters even real?

By Celene Sakurako

One thing’s for sure. Sexy pop singer turned political blogger Mocha Uson has a lot of supporters. Since being appointed as Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) to President Rodrigo Duterte earlier this year in May, she’s drawn a wide range of controversies for her posts on both her verified “personal” Twitter and Facebook accounts—where she clarifies in her description that she’s “not a journalist; just an ordinary Filipino,” along with the disclaimer that “the opinions expressed [on her blog] represent [her] own views and not of the PCOO.” Regardless of whether her blogs reflect the views of the PCOO or not, her posts have put her under a lot of scrutiny, as her job as the PCOO is to help relay the government’s progress and message to the media.

Scroll down her Facebook page “MOCHA USON BLOG,” and you’ll see that her posts attract over hundreds and thousands of comments per post. Many of which are obscenities and comments telling her to resign from her job—which by the way pays her at least P106,454 per month excluding allowances and bonuses. By looking at these, it can be concluded that Mocha is popularly disliked, or moreso, Mocha has a lot of online haters. But does she really?

We found an experiment conducted by Indigo Research that challenged this. They used a text generating program to implement a relatively new technique that uses the Long Short-Term Memory (LSTM) network. LSTMs, unlike more popularized text generation techniques like Recurrent Neutral Network (RNN), can generate text imitating the style of a writer by using “memories” taken from already learned experiences. Thus, producing texts that copy the style of a given writer. In this case, the style of a Mocha Uson hater.

The text experiment took over 1.5 million Facebook comments scraped from the “MOCHA USON BLOG” starting from Jan.1 to Sept. 14, 2017 and fed it to an LSTM to generate Facebook comments of the same style. And, well, the results were uncanny.

  1. ang lahat basta may demonyo lang nakapansin si gusto nilang adik
  2. Oo ng my limit..barangay captain dating body guards..kurrap kasi..tarot mamatay..
  3. Happy Father’s Day Mr, Uson…
  4. Impeach leni iba ang iba nag vice music dock from high na kasi walang walang kwenta.
  5. #LeniPowerGrabber . Indulute Fight You You can 100% it’s never!!!
  6. We are watching from Saudi arabia …more power
  7. Samahan ng contract duterte.. from riyadh
  8. Ang dami pa rin naitulong mo robredo tawa sa baho na sayo buhay, but said lang po tayo sa gera
  9. Tuloy ang laban marcos
  10. Tuloy ang laban mga ka DDS.
  11. Dpt nga zero budget p kc puro LNG tlk like tilling
  12. ang sarap batukan.. aso. ulol. tang mo tota. bubo pa.
  13. god bless sir bless us always Tatay Tatay Digong
  14. ha, goodmorning martial law idol na more power DDS saan
  15. Hay katok nga sinador mka bwisit

Out of the 15 presented above, only five (#2, #10, #11, #12, and #15) are actual real comments posted on Mocha Uson’s Facebook. By looking at these, one could say that the text generated comments are indistinguishable from the real comments. Begging us to think, are Mocha Uson’s online supporters even real?

Photo taken from MOCHA USON BLOG

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