PHILIPPINES, December 16 –
December 16, 2021
How to unmask trolls?
Trolls, fake account users face up to 12-year imprisonment, P200K fine, Drilon says
With the proliferation of trolls, Senate Minority Leader Franklin M. Drilon proposed a quick-fix solution to unmask trolls and fight the anonymity in cyberspace by requiring real-name and phone number upon creation of social media accounts.
Drilon introduced the said provision in the proposed SIM Card Registration Act which the Senate passed on third reading Thursday. The bill mandates the ownership registration of all sim cards in the country 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, spread of digital disinformation or fake news.”
Drilon expanded the measure to include the social media sector.
“This new provision will prevent anyone from making anonymous accounts online. We have to cure trolls that are spreading as fast as the virus…