“One person, one Facebook account” may stop trolls’ smear drive in the 2022 elections, according to Sotto.
Senate President Vicente Sotto III said that his proposed “One person, one Facebook account” may stop trolls’ smear drive in the upcoming 2022 elections.
During an interview with ONE News last June 22, Sotto said that Facebook could control the proliferation of online trolls in its social media platform by allowing only one account for each of its users.
Sotto also said that this was relayed to him as being proposed to Facebook amidst concerns on the alleged creation of “troll farms” ahead of the 2022 national and local elections.
He added that there’s no need to legislate such a proposal and that Facebook and other social media platforms can do it by themselves, saying that they’re able to take down accounts that violated their rules.
Sotto pointed out that the people, not only the government, should hold social media sites accountable over their contents, although he was quick to clarify that he wasn’t pushing to regulate the use of social media.
“There should be a call, not only by government, but people na ang Facebook, dapat patinuin. Bawasan ‘yong problema sa trolls, bawasan yong naninira sa kapwa,” Sotto said.
However, Bayan Muna Rep. Ferdinand Gaite said that Sotto’s “One person, one Facebook account” proposal against troll armies may be difficult to implement without violating the users’ data privacy rights.
Gaite’s comment came as he pointed out that Facebook was already doing its part in stopping or limiting troll armies from conducting smear campaign against persons and in spreading misinformation and fake news.
“Facebook already tracks and restricts accounts engaged in coordinated inauthentic behavior or troll operations as we’ve seen in the take down of several accounts linked to the security sector and those based in China meddling in our local politics,” Gaite said.
Gaite also said that based on information gathered, it was clear that the operation of “troll farms” was being funded out of people’s taxes.
Manila Bulletin reported that the re-activation of the “troll farms” was initiated in an apparent bid to destroy the credibility of candidates in the upcoming 2022 elections and at the same time promote the candidacy of certain bets.
“Instead of restricting the general population, what must be stopped are government-funded troll farms,” Gaite said.
Gaite, however, failed to present any suggestion on how this should be carried out.
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