Social media should be regulated to curb disinformation - VP Robredo

Social media should be regulated to curb disinformation - VP Robredo

Constitutional right of ‘Freedom of expression’ no more?

The second highest official of the land Vice President Maria Leonoe “Leni” Robredo has called the attention of Congress that it should pass a law that will strictly regulate the use of social media in the Philippines.

The Vice President stressed the need to regulate the social media which she said is “being abused in a very negative way” and has become a weapon to spread disinformation most especially during election time.

Vice President Leni Robredo (photo credit to owner)

Robredo wants the Congress to pass a bill that somehow will control and regulate posts on various social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram, and even YouTube.

“Kasi kung anybody can post anonymously, ang daming nabibiktimang hindi naman dini-deserve na siraan,” she added.

Election campaign in the country, Robredo explains have been flooded with dirty election campaign tactics through the various online platforms. It causes an unfair disadvantage to those people who also relies in social media for information.

Robredo said she personally and her family have been targets of vicious attacks and fake news by propagandists on social media.

“Sometimes you can’t blame them because they think it’s true. But what is being fed to them is propaganda,” she added.
Social media should be “made accountable the way traditional media are accountable” to promote responsibility among its ranks.
VP Leni also lamented the inefficiency in the country’s election laws to level the political playing field.
“Halimbawa, iyong mga violators, hindi naman nakakasuhan, hindi name-make accountable, kasi wala masyadong ngipin iyong batas kaya kailangan talaga i-amend ‘yung ating election laws,she added.

“So if we do nothing, the situation will worsen,” Robredo said, noting that it takes time to correct the wrong it caused by anonymous social media posts. 

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