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Alvarez wants to regulate social media use

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By Charissa Luci

Alarmed by the prevalence of fake, malicious and spurious social media accounts, House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez wants to regulate the use of social media by mandating social media companies to verify the user applicants before they are allowed to open an account.

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The House chief said it is about time to curtail the abuse and misuse of social media and impose penalties against the online identity theft.

“In many occasions, users use fake accounts by presenting themselves to the online world as persons whom they are not. This is a classic case of identity theft that is detrimental to society,” he said in filing House Bill 5021.

HB 5021 or the proposed Social Media Regulation Act of 2017, provides that applicants for social media accounts be subjected by social media networks to effective identity verification in order to ascertain the authentic of an account. The applications of those found out as presenting himself as another person whom he is not shall be denied and the user accounts of other persons the authenticity of which are subsequently discovered as compromised shall be shutdown.

“This proposed bill seeks to afford a remedial measures on the foregoing matters and will regulate these social media by mandating social media companies (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram etc.) to reasonably verify the identity of user applicants before they are allowed to open an account. Penalties are also provided for failure to comply with this verification requirement,” Alvarez said.

Violators of the proposed Act shall be punished with imprisonment of not less than six years and one day up to 12 years and a fine ranging from P30,000 to P50,000. Any person who owns or has control over artificial intelligence programs or similar programs that create social media user accounts that results in the irresponsible use of social media shall held liable.

Under the bill, every person who will communicate, exchange, deliver, blog or share information through social media must observe a responsible and fair exercise of his right to free expression and opinion. He is, however, prohibited from opening an account for his online presence using someone else’s identity and presenting himself to the online world as that person whom he is not.

Alvarez also filed House Resolution 777 calling for an investigation on the failure of various social media networks to provide effective method or system to ascertain the authenticity of accounts registered with them, leading to a prevalence of fake, malicious and spurious social media accounts, which results to unchecked and rampant acts of online identity theft.

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  • Idoy

    Social media is just way of communicating without really knowing the other side. It is possible that the other side looks like my friend or using my friends name or could be my real friend – there is no way to guarantee the other side is really what he/she is claiming to be. I have experienced in social media persons claiming to be my relatives asking for donations and giving their courier service account to send in money. Everyone should avoid sending money and everyone should consider anyone in social media just another unknown account holder whether they are friends, relative or not. A law will not work because the social media service corporations makes money having more accounts given for free.

    • beautilicious

      most people are being scammed thru social media and they don’t even know what is real or fake.

  • Bobby Santos

    most fake news are fabricated by DDS (digong dutertard supporters) and this rubber stamp and mouthpiece lawmaker is serving the psychopath president whims.

    • Ambrosio

      BOGOK ka.. Lahat ng fake bloggers at fb accounts ay pag-aari ng mga dilawang tae tulad ng silent no more pepeng makabayan pati ang OVP may fake accounts. Fake VP lugaw queen mar adik roxas at panot abnormal Akkkino ang salot sa bayan..

    • Ambrosio

      Bitter na dilawang tae.. mamatay na kayo sa inggit dahil lugi na negosyo nyong shabu at mining..

    • Empleyado

      fake ang new kapag nag tatago ang writer. parang mga dilawan lang 😛

    • Jocel

      We dont need to do it, presidente manok nmin. Mga bitter lng na talunan gumagawa nya. Hahah

  • Kanto kabinet

    Good luck trying to govern this plan, otherwise you will be blaming innocent people that are not in agreement with you.

  • Empleyado

    panahon pa ni YAHOO padamihan na ng account sus friendster troll troll masyado lang kayong babad sa interner sir! binibigyan nyo ng kulay. good luck hahaha . madaming klaseng social media ..

  • kip poughkeepsie

    WHO ARE YOU FOOLING – – – EAT SHHIITT aLVeres!!!
    YOU ONLY WANT TO CURTAIL CRITICISM . . .
    YOU PEOPLE WANT TO PLUNDER UNMOLESTED THAT’S ALL
    NO CRITICISM, NO DEATH PENALTY FOR PLUNDERERS . . . FVCK OFF & EATSHIT!!!

  • cavitenorth19

    Maraming iiyak sa group ng OVP socmed at sa mga Bataan ni Edwin Lamierda lalo na Fake Scrappler & BroadSh#$t PDI.

  • Inigo Montoya

    ALVARES: the social media is never the problem. The problem is you. If you can’t handle the heat, just roll over and die biatch.

  • Mike_Realism

    Regulate the Social Media? Then how about the fake news that are in Main Stream Media?

  • beautilicious

    FAKE ACCOUNTS ARE THE PRODUCTS OF PAID TROLLS RUN BY DUTERTE KEYBOARD WARRIORS AND BONGBONG MARCOS.

  • abbaj

    simple counter flowing rule violation sa traffic hindi ma-implement, social media pa. pweeee! patalon-talon alvarez mag-isip ka ng bago ooooolooool 000g@ag!