Philippines may shut down Facebook if being used by ‘trolls’

MANILA (Philippine Daily Inquirer/ANN): The Philippines may close down Facebook if it is only being used by “trolls” either to overthrow the government or attack its critics, Senator Richard Gordon said on Wednesday (July 28).

“Popularity is sometimes earned but popularity can also be manipulated,” Gordon initially said over ABS-CBN News Channel when President Rodrigo Duterte’s popularity was mentioned.

“That is why we have a bill that we should investigate whether public funds are being used for trolls. Everywhere we go, trolls are there.”

“And if we have to close down Facebook, if Facebook is being utilized to topple the government, we should do that. I mean, it would be unpopular but what the hell...” he continued.

According to Gordon, the social media giant is also being used by trolls to attack administration critics and possible candidates in the upcoming elections.

The senator earlier said he is considering joining the 2022 presidential race.

Gordon was also among the 12 senators pushing for a Senate probe into allegations that public funds are being used to run so-called troll farms.

This comes after Senator Panfilo Lacson revealed last month that an “undersecretary” has allegedly started organizing at least two troll farms in every province to discredit administration critics and possible opponents in the 2022 polls.

“So you can just imagine if it materializes and using the resources of the government whether or not it is sanctioned by Malacañang—well I hope not and I don’t believe so,” Lacson said previously. - Philippine Daily Inquirer/ANN

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