SENATE President Franklin Drilon lobbied social media platforms to identify internet trolls in order to strike a balance between free speech and the responsibility to use that internet freedom.
The senator pointed this out on Thursday during the hearing on Senate Resolution 953 revising the country’s criminal laws amid the rise of social media platforms and rapid advancements in technology.
Senator Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan, chairman of the Constitutional Amendments and Review Committee, led the virtual hearing on a proposal that will force all social media platforms to reveal the identity of the trolls.
Drilon, who has been the victim of defamation in cyberspace, said that “trolls continue to hit anyone they want to hit on social media and they enjoy impunity because of anonymity.”
“In mainstream media, we don’t censor, but we make those responsible for defamatory language. We hold them accountable under our revised criminal defamation code,” he said.
âIn the development that we have because of technology, you cannot exercise this right because of the anonymity of the authors,â Drilon said.
On December 2, Senator Panfilo “Ping” Lacson praised Google’s plan to ban political advertising on its platform in the run-up to the May 2022 elections.
Lacson, who was running for president at Partido Reporma, said the move would help prevent online trolls from misleading the public.
“Very good. Ang trolls nag-a-abund (Trolls abound online),” he said at a media forum, when asked about the internet giant’s plan to ban political advertising on its platform from February 8 to May 9, 2022.
He said it was time for social media companies to take more steps to take responsibility, especially against trolls who spread false information against candidates.
Lacson noted that in Australia there is a bill to unmask online trolls by holding social media giants like Facebook and Twitter accountable for their identification.
Pangilinan said that despite advancements in technology, “our laws should always protect us and our loved ones, our children, from those who abuse the openness of the Internet by spreading disinformation, hate speech and engaging in attacks. criminal activities using social media platforms “.
He stressed the need to fill “critical loopholes in the law” as digital or media disinformation is not just a personal concern, but a global concern that requires action from government as well as stakeholders, businesses. and civil society organizations.