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Sen. Trillanes seeks probe on false news and social media trolls




Senator Antonio Trillanes IV has filed Senate Resolution No. 259 that urges an inquiry on the proliferation of false or misleading news and information as well as social media trolls.

According to SR No. 259, it urges the Committee on Public Information and Mass Media, and other appropriate committees, to conduct an inquiry on the “massive proliferation of false, erroneous, distorted, fabricated and/or misleading news and information on social media trolls.”

Trillanes believes that the inquiry will help in coming up with a legislation that will “protect the public from manipulation” through the spread of “false, erroneous, distorted, fabricated and/or misleading news and information.”

In addition, it also aims to come up with a “viable system to hold the authors, distributors and/or purveyors of the same responsible and accountable under the law for the contents they generate and/or disseminate.”

Trillanes also mentioned that social media, instead of being a tool for empowerment, “has become a platform for political propaganda, deceit, and manipulation.”

He also described a social media troll as “someone who deliberately creates and/or foments discord and conflict on social media sites through the posting of controversial and inflammatory messages,” and has created “a culture of impunity online by using foul and uncensored language, and personal attacks like death threats and rape threats.”

According to the senator, social media trolling “is becoming a source of living where one allegedly earn up to $2,000 a month for creating fake accounts and using them to manipulate social media content and discourse.”

“There is an immediate and imperative need to investigate the proliferation of online social media trolls and the spread of false, erroneous, distorted, fabricated and/or misleading news and information on social media as it threatens not only the viability and credibility of online journalism but also violates every citizen’s right to truthful and accurate online news and information,” Trillanes said.

Hit the source link below for the complete copy of Senate Resolution No. 259.

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This article was written by Louie Diangson, Managing Editor of YugaTech. You can follow him at @John_Louie.

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20 Responses

  1. Ren says:

    dapat lang. the internet today is no longer the “information highway”, but to lure people with shady agendas.

    • archie says:

      But fake news and trolling will show who is gullible and who is thinking. Balat sibuyas lang siya kasi di niya kaya ang sarcastic attacks. Sabi nga ni Mark Twain, “Censorship is telling a man he can’t have a steak just because a baby can’t chew it.”

  2. archie says:

    “is becoming a source of living where one allegedly earn up to $2,000 a month for creating fake accounts and using them to manipulate social media content and discourse.” At bakit kaya alam niya ang mga bagay na ito hmm

  3. Trapik says:

    What about the billions of pesoseses of Duterte exposed by Mr.Trillanes?

    • gab says:

      you mean the one where he couldn’t show an ounce of proof when they got to the bank where he said Durterte hid his money, and in the end decided to just walk out?

    • KamoteMan says:

      si Trillanes ang troll. Puro walk out lang alam nyan sa senado.

  4. el gato says:

    so we can no longer make internet news jokes/fakes? damn! that angelina jolie-brod pete split fake news will no longer entertain us… the end of memes in the philippines…

    maybe congress can also pass laws against false showbiz news wherein actors involve in a new movie/tv projects suddenly have “controversies” priot to the release of their works…

  5. el gato says:

    so we can no longer make internet news jokes/fakes? damn! that angelina jolie-brod pete split fake news will no longer entertain us… the end of memes in the philippines…

    maybe congress can also pass laws against false showbiz news wherein actors involve in a new movie/tv projects suddenly have “controversies” prior to the release of their works…

  6. Dennis S. says:

    Look who’s talking … tingin ka muna sa salamin, Senator.

    • archie says:

      Busy pa siya sa alledged 7 cars niya. Ilang taon pa lang senador bulungan na madami kaagad ang kotse? Wow di ba?

  7. MochaLicks says:

    Di ko alam kung maiinis o maaawa ba ko sa mga nagpapaniwala sa mga fake news na pinapakalat ng mga pro-Duts/pro-Marcos(or combination!) kong friends. I mean, t*na nga tapos lalo pang nagiging t*nga kasi nagpapaniwala sa mga ganun. Pag pinaliwanagan mo naman with proofs at evidences na peke un, sila pa galit at instant yellowtard ka na! Sana masolusyonan na tlga to. :'(

    • kyle says:

      we can say the same with the anti-duterte sites. at least the pro-durterte pages show their faces and don’t delete/block posts and comments. you can’t say the same with the anti-duterte trolls.

    • MochaLicks says:

      Aanhin mo ang real profile mo kung fake news at purong paninira naman ang ginagawa at pinapakalat mo? Tulad nung pautot ng mga pro-Duts pages na Lenileaks kuno. Pilit sinisingit pangalan ni Leni kahit wala naman dun, even Andanar said she wasn’t there. Another is an image posted by this page (un)’Thinking Pinoy’ where Leni is pictured with a guy tapos mababasa mo sa comment section by Dutertrolls na kadate nya daw bagong bf nya, yun daw ang nakabuntis sa kanya, malandi daw. Where in fact, it is a cropped groupie pic na kasama si Armin Luistro and another woman. Marami pang fake news at paninira actually just to desperately put down Leni (kasi walang makitang dumi) and to others na target ng propaganda nila.

      They don’t delete comments? They do! Not only that, they also block you tulad nung pokp*k turned political ANALyst and ‘legit and unbiased’ news source daw. I have a friend who got blocked not because she was trolling but because she wrote a different opinion from Puson’s post.

  8. Jess says:

    Paano na ang Pambansang Pokpok na si Mochantot?

    • KamoteMan says:

      Troll din ng senado yan si trillanes ano ba nagawa nyan bukod sa walk out pag nadadarag sya sa argumento?

    • matty says:

      i’d really love to see trillanes go with this. this is sure to end up like that sham EJK prob of delima.

  9. mayweather says:

    marami lang talaga naghihirap sa pilipinas. cant blame them. ang tao pag desperado na sa situation nya maniniwala na sa milagro. pag hindi na magamot ng doctor, pupunta na sa albularyo / kay bro mike / etc. walang patutunguhan yang batas na yan kasi hanggat may mauuto, may kakagat sa fake news. pilipino loves tsismis

  10. DDS-JB says:

    That’s good to hear but do us a favor. . . Apply the same law concept to the leading media networks cause they seem to be working for money and not for the truth! And lastly, if you’re doing this because you are threatened that the filipino people will be enlightened from you and your allies’ deception, sorry to say but we are already enlightened even without that pages! And for the record, the pages such as mocha uson blog, thinking pinoy, sass, panganiban, etc are all being managed by a identified person so there’s no way you can call them as troll! Why don.t you check superficial gazette, change scamming.etc. They are the troll pages that reports false news :-)

    • MochaQueenOfFakeNews says:

      Superficial Gazette and Change Scamming are satire pages and never claimed themselves as news source unlike Mocha Uson Blog and co. that actually writes FAKE NEWS and share them on social media. They even use ‘sources’ like Pinoyaltertrendvista blah blah, okd2 etc, which are known to be notorious fake news sites. Mocha has been caught and debunked several times then afterwards, she deletes her post. What a shame.

      Even though they are anonymous. Their posts always have substance and more importantly, VERACITY unlike ‘most’ of these pro-Duterte-Marcos pages that oftentimes just post fake news and pure hatred towards people who don’t agree with them or their lords.

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