Franklin Drilon was seeking a measure against the anonymity of social media “trolls”.
Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon was seeking a measure against the anonymity of “trolls” on social media platforms.
Drilon was seeking a measure that would require social media platforms to unveil the identity of “trolls” using their platform.
The senator raised during the Senate hearing on the rise of social media in the Philippines that “trolls” have “impunity” to say what they wanted to say on social media because of anonymity.
Drilon also said that while there were laws in place such for cyberlibel and libel, the anonymous nature of social media made it difficult for the victims of online attacks. According to him, he’s a victim of libel in cyberspace.
“Fortunately, the one who constantly hit me used a social media platform where I can identify him… and I was able to identify him, I was able to avail of the libel laws of our country and had him finally convicted by the Supreme Court of the crime of libel,” Drilon shared.
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To recall, it was last November when the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) arrested former Iloilo provincial administrator Manuel “Boy” Mejorada, who will start serving jail time after having been convicted of libel filed by Drilon.
According to Drilon, a balance should be achieved between freedom of speech and the responsible use of such freedom, especially in the age of social media.
“I would request our resource persons to advise the committee, give their expert views as to the manner or the means by which we can require the social media platforms to reveal the identity of the trolls,” Drilon said.