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Facebook, YouTube may face raps over Bikoy videos, House official says

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By JOHN CARLO M. CAHINHINAN

An official of the House of Representatives said the management of social media platforms Facebook and YouTube might face possible charges in connection with the alleged slanderous video “Ang Totoong Narcolist.”

House Deputy Minority Floor Leader Alfredo Garbin said there was an “imperative need to determine and inquire into the possible liabilities” of both Facebook and Google—being the owner of YouTube—especially if proven that the two social networking sites “failed to develop security features or filtering practices in order to regulate unlawful or harmful material” such as the so-called Bikoy videos.

“The social media platforms need to develop security features and/or filtering practices in order to regulate any unlawful and/or harmful content posted by their users,” said Garbin.

Garbin said Facebook and YouTube continue to host the “highly-damaging” Bikoy videos that slandered several personalities close to President Rodrigo Duterte for their alleged involvement country’s illegal drug trade despite the recent admission of Peter Joemel Advincula that all details in the said videos were only fabricated and orchestrated by the opposition.

“Unfortunately, to this day, despite the timely, reasonable and lawful demand, the said libelous video is still live online and accessible at both Facebook and YouTube, and is available 24/7 for viewing by the general public,” said Garbin.

Garbin recently filed House Resolution No. 2585 directing the House Committee on Information and Communications Technology to conduct an inquiry in aid of legislation on the Bikoy videos and other widely circulated postings in various social media platforms.

The partly list solon stressed that there was a need to legislate for a measure “providing for a takedown clause” that would allow the state “without a need for a court order” to demand the immediate removal of social media contents that are “libelous, seditious, defamatory and/or contrary to any provision of existing laws.”

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