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Teves is wrong: Speech curtailment not an answer to online bashing

Digital Pinoys

A network of digital advocates said that curtailing freedom of speech will not solve online bashing.

Digital Pinoys national campaigner Ronald Gustilo said that Negros Oriental 3rd district representative Arnolfo Teves’ social media registration bill is setting a dangerous precedent.

“Curtailing an individual’s freedom of speech to address online bashing will not solve the problem but rather direct more bashing towards the target.”

Teves’ online bashing arose due to allegations linking him to prohibited online sabong operations. In a press conference, he also mentioned that “people in power” are trying to set him up.

Gustilo said Rep. Teves’ remedy is to keep making public denials of his involvement in the issues.

“Cong. Teves can speak in media and social media, even in the halls of Congress to defend his cause. He should not resort to draconian measures that will deprive people of their civil rights.”

Gustilo added that database generated from social media registration could be the next target of cybercriminals.

“By pushing for the registration, the proponent is putting social media users in the crosshairs of cybercriminals. If the data is leaked, millions will be in danger of being victimized by identity theft, unauthorized transactions and other cyber-related crimes.”

Reference: Ronald Gustilo, Digital Pinoys National Campaigner