Jul 20, 2017 @ 19:00

Satirical web sites can heave a sigh of reduction as they’re more likely to be spared from being coated by the proposed legislation penalizing these behind so-called pretend news.

Sen. Joel Villanueva, one of many proponents of the pretend news ban, stated there can be some proposed exemptions and it will embrace satirical web sites.

“Wag natin tanggalin din yung ating sense of humor. Hindi ito (bill) dapat maging balakid,” he instructed reporters in an interview.

Villanueva has been slammed for his plan to ban pretend news which some netizens felt was an assault on freedom of expression.

Vilanueva stated it will be higher if components of faux news can be used as a foundation in distinguishing it from legit news gadgets or articles.

“Because if you say, let’s define fake news, it would hinge on right to express oneself, right of free speech. Eh ako yung binabatikos dun nung mga nakaraang araw, siguro nasa record ninyong lahat, ako yung longest running member of Congress na nakikipaglaban dito sa dati na tinatawag na access to information policy, ngayon mas kilala bilang freedom of information (FOI),” stated Villanueva.

“Tapos bakit ako yung magiging dahilan para supilin yung freedom of expression, freedom of speech? Definitely ‘yan yung hindi natin pwedeng payagan at papayagan dito sa fake news,” he stated.

Villanueva stated there was a have to look into the “effects” of the proliferation of faux news particularly people who trigger panic, chaos and division.

“May mga ilang bansa ngayon na nag su-suffer ang election nila just because of fake news. And if we will just sit down and do nothing, eh hindi ko naman papayagan yun. Sayang naman yung mahigit 18 million na bumoto sa akin kung uupuan ko lang yun,” he stated.

Villanueva stated they’d additionally attempt to crack down on “trolls” accountable for pretend news.

Source: politics.com.ph