AFP Chief of Staff wants to regulate social media platforms, not users

AFP Chief of Staff wants to regulate social media platforms, not users


Armed Forces of the Philippines Chief-of-Staff Lt. Gen. Gilbert Gapay is in the news lately most especially when he was quoted that he wants to include social media use in the scope of the controversial and newly signed anti-terrorism law.

He clarifies that he only wants to put an order on the contents allowed to be uploaded on different social media platforms and not the personalities who are posting them.

“What I meant by that is to regulate and put order on the social media platforms, not the users per se,” said Gapay in an exclusive interview with CNN Philippines.

“We are not here to curtail the freedom of expression of the users […] But what I’m saying is to regulate the platforms on the contents they allow to be uploaded,” he added.

He drew a lot of criticisms when he suggested on the implementing rules and regulations of the anti-terrorism law, that social media or online activities will be closely supervised specially those of suspected terrorists.

 The Chief of Staff said the premise of the statement he said is that social media is being used as a “vehicle” by terrorist groups to recruit or even plan attacks.

“The web is very open and na-capitalize ito ng (it was capitalized by) various terrorist groups, not just local groups, but also global terrorist cells,” he said.

“Hindi na minsan nache-check [yung mga contents] (The contents are not being checked), you will see violent, indecent materials uploaded.”


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