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Jinggoy wants jail time, fines for ‘fake news’ purveyors

September 22, 2022 - Thursday 2:09 PM by GDM

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Senator Jinggoy Estrada has filed a measure seeking to criminalize the propagating of false or misleading news online.
In introducing Senate Bill No. 1296, Estrada said the legislative measure hopes to stop the proliferation of disinformation and misinformation on the internet by criminalizing fake news as a cybercrime under the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012.
"Click baits, propaganda, and manipulation of legitimate news segments to deliberately online falsehoods, false news or disinformation are so common nowadays, making it difficult to distinguish which is actual news to fake ones. Masyado ng talamak ang mga ito (These are very rampant)," Estrada said.
The proposed law defines fake news as  “misinformation and disinformation of stories, facts, and news which is presented as a fact, the veracity of which cannot be confirmed, with the purpose of distorting the truth and misleading its audience."
As an offense, the bill also stated the "creation and dissemination of fake news committed through a computer system or any other similar means which may be devised in the future."
Estrada pointed out a recent survey by the Social Welfare Station showing that the majority of Filipinos already find it difficult to spot fake news on television, radio, and social media, the senator said.
The SWS survey showed that 70% or seven of 10 adult Filipinos said that the problem of fake news and its spread on the internet is serious.


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