Anakalusugan party representative Michael T. Defensor has asked the Lower House leadership to summon the leaders of social media giant Facebook Inc. to answer questions about its controversial censorship guidelines.
Defensor tabled House Resolution # 2112 proposing a congressional inquiry in support of Facebook-enforced information censorship legislation.
“Considering the enormous influence of Facebook in the moral, political and national security of our country and also in protecting the interests of private companies, there is a need to clarify its methods of censoring information,” Defensor said. in file HR 2112.
The resolution will likely be referred to the House Committee on Public Information chaired by Cagayan Representative Joseph L. Lara.
Defensor noted that for the past six years, Filipinos have topped the global list of people spending time using social media. He said Filipinos spend an average of four hours and 15 minutes a day on social media.
On its own, it is important for social media users nationwide to determine the reason for Facebook’s censorship policy.
“The percentage of Facebook usage in the Philippines has increased from 25.87% in 2015 to 96% in the third quarter of 2020,” Defensor said.
“With the large number of users of Facebook and the high percentage of use, it is undeniable that this social media platform has become the de facto mass media company with arguably a much greater impact than the media. traditional, ”Defensor said.
The Solon partyist said Facebook officials in the Philippines must explain the controversial censorship issues by testifying in Congress.
“We expect Facebook to be a major political battleground in the upcoming presidential elections – to serve as a virtual platform for the campaign – so we want to ensure that every Filipino’s right to freedom of opinion and expression is properly protected against arbitrary censorship, ”said the Defender.
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