Vice President Leni Robredo is calling on Congress to pass a law to strictly regulate the use of social media in the Philippines.
During an interview with reporters in Dagupan City, Pangasinan on Wednesday, Robredo stressed the need to regulate the social media, which she said is “being abused in a very negative way” and has become a tool to spread disinformation especially during election season.
She said Congress should take action to somehow 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.
Robredo said election campaigning in the country have been marred by dirty tactics through online platforms. She added that this is unfair to the people who must know the truth but also rely on social media for information.
The Vice President said she and her family have been victims 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.
She believes the social media should also be “made accountable the way traditional media are accountable” to promote responsibility among its users.
Robredo also lamented the lack of teeth 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, adding that it takes time to undo the damage caused by anonymous social media posts. — Robie de Guzman
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