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That’s so wrong! Robredo draws flak online for call to regulate social media

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Vice President Leni Robredo has drawn criticism online over her call for Congress to pass a law regulating social media because it is being used to spread fake news.

Former Quezon Rep. Erin Tañada, who is running for senator as part of the opposition “Otso Diretso” slate, said he “respectfully disagree[s]” with Robredo’s suggestion.

“I have to respectfully disagree with my VP on this. I know it is frustrating to battle fake news and lies. But her proposition is too drastic a solution. A solution is to enhance values education re social media to our students and include it in the school curriculum,” he tweeted.

Abogado Emil Marañon III said regulating social media “at the hands of the wrong people is no different to censorship.”

Journalist Inday Espina Varona warned that the law Robredo wants could be used in the future to attack critics.

Peachy Bretaña, one of the faces of the “Million People March” that happened in 2013, said Robredo is “sounding like the rest of the politicians who can’t take the heat” by suggesting that there should be a law regulating social media.

In a statement on Thursday (March 21), Robredo clarified that she supports freedom of expression but steps should be made to fight fake news, which is often spread online.

While the Vice President may have appeased some netizens with the clarification, a member of her staff, Boom Enriquez, admitted she made a mistake with her call for regulation.

“Preno naman, Friends. Magkakampi tayo dito. Nagkamali, oo. Puwede namang magpatawad diba. Parang hindi malaki ang kalaban ah,” he said in a Facebook post.

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