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House Bill pushes for mandatory website and social media registration




As another step to avoid malicious acts done in the cyber space, Rep. Arnolfo A Teves Jr. has introduced a bill that pushes for a “mandatory authentication process for all social media and other similar online accounts enjoyed by users in the country.”

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By having each and every user accountable for their online interactions, House Bill No. 4093 aims to address cyber-bullying, harassment, online scam, libel, and even drug trade and prostitution.

“…the social media has been used as a mode to bully and harass individuals and institutions,” the bill stated.


The proposed plan is for users to be required by social networking services that we give and link our accounts to any government-issued ID and/or barangay certificate. Online users may register different accounts under the same identity card/barangay certificate number.

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Additionally, when there are lawsuits involved and the social media provider fails to identify a specific account owner, the social media provider will also be equally liable for whatever penalties are to be served.

You may read the complete bill through the source link below. Meanwhile, what can you say about this proposed law? This is pretty much like the SIM card registration that we previously reported — requiring every user to have a valid identification behind the mobile numbers.

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7 Responses

  1. Rowena says:

    I don’t mind the SIM card registration but this is another hare-brained idea so they can protect their fragile egos

  2. This is a proposed law of someone who have no knowledge of what he was writing/talking. Most searched phrases such as “cyber bullying” are just trends. It is not a fact but a trend.

    How will you force a company to comply when the government mocked the cybercrime law into an anti online libel law. By the same data used by Mr. Arnolfo Teves, at one time for 3 weeks, a top search in Asia appears as “Filipino are monkeys”, thus he should first make a law validating that Filipinos are not monkeys.

  3. John says:

    HB 4093 – “Recognizing the annual observance of the International Students’ Day, declaring for the purpose the 17th day of November every year as National Students’ Day in the Philippines

    -http://www.congress.gov.ph/press/results.php

  4. Rex Cardona says:

    “Social media provider’ as in what? Twitter or FB? Could the Philippine Government “penalize” either of them? Can it operate with iron hand like, say, that of the PRC or NoKor?

    This government can start from basics (it’s like repeating primary school subjects every time), such as effectively enforcing simple traffic laws and regulations. For instance, preventing wayward drivers from plowing in counterflow direction into one-way streets. If it can’t accomplish even that, good luck with the bigger plans. Dream on.

  5. pong says:

    It will only work if you do the China way! Block FB Twitter Instagram Discuss and create a state owned/controlled sites like wiebo wechat of China. But This is a totalitarian policy and bullying is just a cover. The government always want’s to silence the people by threatening with lawsuits and jail so they continue with their corrupt ways. Libel is still a crime even made online libel worst but all this is to protect government officials from exposure.

  6. ggwp says:

    napakadaming butas nito, and maraming mag tetake advatage sa system na to tulad ng identity theft happy stalking

  7. gab says:

    looks like the work of a certain political party who “wants to take back the internet”, then when they find out that nobody owns its, tries to pass a bill thay makes it legally theirs. good job.

    ps to those who think this is a good idea, tell me how exactly do you regulate an account owned by a foreign company (fb accounts are owned by fb, not by the account creator, same with everything else) not under the philippines’ jurisdiction?

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