May 18 2020
OWWA Deputy Administrator Mocha Uson appears before the NBI cybercrime division after she was sent a subpoena last week regarding a fake news complaint against her.
INQUIRER/ MARIANNE BERMUDEZ
Overseas Workers Welfare Administration deputy administrator slash blogger Mocha Uson, also known to be an alleged purveyor of fake news, ironically lost her Twitter handle.
On July 21, Uson’s Twitter handle was changed to @BanatByOfficial, which made the account lose its verified mark. Banat By is a political commentary blog similar to Mocha Uson Blog which some netizens speculated are run by the same admins. Whoever runs @BanatByOfficial now must have thought that taking Uson’s Twitter handle would also gain its verification mark and follower count. According to Twitter’s Help Center, you could lose your verified status if you “intentionally mislead” people by changing your display name or bio among other reasons.
If Mocha and her crew were planning to take back her handle, bad news for them: Someone already got a hold of @MochaUson during the interim, and took advantage of the opportunity by turning it into a pseudo-parody fan account. The new Mocha now cares about science and is slightly (like, very slightly) more woke. She still shoots some nasty replies here and there though.
While @MochaUson remains to be in the hands of another, we’ve documented how the new Mocha has been responding to their mentions and social issues too.