The Real Reason Behind Grace Poe’s Banning of Facebook in the Philippines

Grace Poe recommended the banning of Facebook last Senate Hearing. [Image Credit: Inquirer]
Grace Poe recommended the banning of Facebook last Senate Hearing. [Image Credit: Inquirer]

If you will ask a group of people if they own a Facebook account, 9 out of 10 will say they do. Facebook is the most popular social media platform not only in the Philippines but in the whole world. People use it to get in touch with their families and friends while some businesses use it to introduce their products and services and even in talking to their target market.

Because of the different uses of Facebook, a lot of people may surely not pass a day without using it. This social media platform has become a part of everyday life, especially for OFWs who are relying on it to communicate with their families.

Without Facebook, it would be hard to contact their loved ones who are several miles away.

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Banning of Facebook in the Philippines

However, it is clear that not everyone in the country would like to maintain the use of Facebook. Senator Grace Poe just made headlines after asking a technology expert from the National Telecommunications Communications (NTC) during the Senate Hearing on Fake News yesterday, January 30 if it is possible for the banning of Facebook in the Philippines.

The senator wants probe into Facebook and asked the possibility of blocking the social media network in the country, like what China successfully did.

Can we block a particular company like Facebook from being accessible in the Philippines, I know they did this in China?

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The Reason Behind It

The former presidential candidate’s comment earned negative feedback from a lot of people. According to netizens, the Philippines is not China and banning of Facebook should not be made.

Poe wanted the Senate to make clear guidelines on social media. According to her, social media organizations should handle the activities of the users and make sure the these neither infringe on the individual’s right to freedom of speech nor allow the abuse of such freedom.

She also added that these issues should be taken up when the Senate Committee on Public Information and Mass Media, which she currently chairs, resume its hearing on the proliferation of fake news. She also reiterated her call for PCOO Secretary Martin Andanar to make Mocha Uson responsible for everything she posts on social media and gave some examples of Mocha Uson’s fake news on social media. The examples she gave were released on social media before the appointment of Uson as ASEC.

What do you think? Should Facebook be banned in the Philippines? Should there be restrictions regarding the use of social media?

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