The Philippine Star
December 21, 2021 | 12:00am
Because of the anonymity made possible on social media, it has become the go-to platform for spreading fake news and black propaganda as well as trolling and other forms of harassment.
Around the world, people are taking action, passing measures that will compel accountability and responsibility in the use of social media platforms. Social media giants themselves, seeing the use of their platforms for trolling, disinformation and cyber crime, consequently eroding the credibility of their sites, are working with various agencies and the private sector to curb abuses.
In the Philippines, lawmakers are moving to fight anonymity in cyberspace. Not surprisingly, members of the opposition, who have become the top targets of trolls, are leading the initiative. Last week the Senate passed on third and final reading the proposed SIM Card Registration Act or Senate Bill 2395.
The measure aims to require the ownership registration of SIM cards, and the provision of real names and phone numbers in creating a social media account. SB 2395 states that the provisions are meant to “deter the proliferation of SIM card, internet or electronic communication-aided crimes, such as, but not limited to terrorism; text scams; unsolicited, indecent or obscene messages; bank fraud; libel; anonymous online defamation; trolling; hate speech,…