CHR Raises Alarm on Proposed Social Media Regulations

The Commission on Human Rights raised the alarm on the military chief’s proposal to regulate social media under the anti-terrorism law for possible overreach beyond the law’s intent.

CHR spokesperson Jacqueline de Guia noted that not only is the proposal vague but it is also “broad and susceptible to overreach in terms of guaranteeing the right to privacy and right of individuals to freely express their ideas.”

She added, “The threat of restraint posed by the inclusion of a provision to regulate social media may constitute a bar for individuals to continue voicing out their opinions and ideas, curtailing fundamental freedoms.”

Lieutenant General Gilbert Gapay, chief of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, said they would propose a provision on social media regulation in the Implementing Rules and Regulations of the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020. 

He said terrorists were using social media to “radicalize, recruit and even plan terrorist acts.”

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