Senate President Sotto files a bill vs. disinformation and ‘fake news’

Senate President Sotto files a bill vs. disinformation and ‘fake news’

- Senate President Tito Sotto has filed a bill promoting the responsible use of the Internet

- A new bill is seeking to penalize those who create and spread “fake news” online

- Those found guilty of violating the proposed law will be facing a fine and imprisonment

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Senate President Vicente “Tito” Sotto III has recently filed a bill seeking to penalize those who spread false information or “fake news” on social media.

KAMI learned that the Senate President is eyeing to impose a fine that could reach up to P2 million and imprisonment for those who would violate the proposed law.

In a report by the ABS-CBN News, Sotto said that he wanted to promote the responsible use of the Internet and social media.

"Filipinos have fallen prey to believing most of the click-baits, made up quotes attributed to prominent figures and digitally altered photos. This bill seeks to protect the public from the adverse effects of false and deceiving content online," Sotto said.

As reported by the Inquirer (author Julie Aurelio), Senate Bill No. 9 or the “Act Prohibiting the Publication and Proliferation of False Content on the Philippine Internet, Providing Measures to Counteract its Effects and Prescribing Penalties Therefor” stated that those found guilty of creating or publishing false information will face imprisonment and a P300,000 fine.

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In addition, those found guilty of creating a “fake” social media accounts or website will be facing imprisonment and a P500,000 fine as well. Those who finance such creation and publication of “fake news” will be punished with jail time and a P1 million fine.

Lastly, those who refuse to take down the posts or sites with false information and block users’ access to social media platforms will be receiving a P2 million fine and jail time.

In a previous report by KAMI, Sotto also filed a bill seeking to provide 14th month pay for those working under a private sector.

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