Senators concerned about fake news findings from a recent study.
On Wednesday, Senators Nancy Binay and Jinggoy Estrada stressed the necessity of intensifying the fight against the spread of false information.
A recent Pulse Asia survey revealed that 90% of Filipinos, or the population, acknowledge fake news as a nationwide problem.
Estrada referred to the survey’s findings as “disturbing,” adding that false and misleading information must be treated seriously.
“The perpetrators ought to answer for their actions. It is not right that we just let harmful news and information to flow since these would lead to incorrect decisions and opinions among our people, added Estrada.
“Bad decisions impact people’s lives, public interests, safety, and order. Additionally, making poor decisions due to misleading information results in wasteful expenditures of valuable human, natural, financial, and temporal resources, “Added he.
The congressman mentioned the platforms used to transmit false information to the general public and the survey’s findings about the influence of social media influencers, bloggers, and vloggers in this process.
“For this reason, we plan to create a regulation that gives our residents a way to defend themselves from online deception and manipulation. By making fake news a cybercrime, we seek to halt the spread of misinformation and deception on the internet, added Estrada.
Senate Bill No. 1296, which aims to punish those who support fake news legally liable, is one of Estrada’s bills.
Estrada argued that the Senate should start debating his suggested legislation right once to combat the broad circulation of untruths.
On the other hand, Binay thought that since the Constitution protects free speech, legislation is not required to address the issue of the spread of fake news.
In a statement, Binay added, “It would be ironic if we regulate or prohibit speech or another expression because we have different opinions or beliefs.”
However, Binay asserted that reliable information sources must disprove unreliable ones for consumers to know which ones to believe.
She claimed that it would also provide the news or information that people get a sense of credibility.
“Fake news frequently affects the media, academia, historians, and even individuals in the corporate and public sectors. We require individuals or even non-governmental watchdogs who can publicly rebut false information, “added Binay.
The politician asserted that false information would inevitably rule society if no one spoke against it.
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