Lops Calzado was 3 years old when former Philippine president Ferdinand Marcos was ousted after two decades, accused of plundering government coffers and killing thousands under a dictatorship that set the country back years. Now, she’s being swamped by Facebook and YouTube posts telling her that his rule was a golden era when food was affordable, streets were safer and new highways were built.

The online experience of Calzado, now 38, is emblematic of that of many voters in the Philippines. As the nation of 110 million people gears up for elections in May, it has become a textbook case for developing democracies on how social media can turn voters. Two-thirds of Filipinos have internet access and they are more active on social media than other Southeast Asian countries, according to We Are Social and Hootsuite. And the reliance on smartphone-delivered opinions have been supercharged by the pandemic.

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