I spotted a post by Yugatech which says Rep. Arnolfo A Teves Jr filed House Bill 4093 which mandates “the authentication of online and social media memberships in the country through registration of their accounts using any valid government issued identification and/or barangay certificate.”
On the face of it, this bill seems to be in response to the rash of social media trolling that became the “new” horror of sorts that the likes of Maria Ressa warned people about.
While most of what’s written in the four page bill seems laudable, there are just two sections that I find particularly disturbing and here they are below:
Section 3. Identification Requirement. All persons shall be required to possess any valid identification cards issued by the government and/or barangay certificates issued by barangay authorities.
People intending to register social media networks and websites may then use their identification card or barangay certificate to verify their online identity.
For public and private entities, they may use the identify card or barangay certificate of a designated employed representative of the company.
To facilitate the verification process, social media networks and other online websites shall mandate online users availing of their services to input their identity card or barangay certificate numbers as a requirement of the membership registration process.
Online users may be allowed to register multiple accounts under the same identify card or barangay certificate number.
Section 4. Penalty Clause. If a person files a lawsuit against any social media account, and the social media provider fails to identify and authenticate the account owner, the social media provider shall be held equally liable of the penalties imposed herein: (a) P________ in finds or ________ days in prison, or both, for creating and using a social media account for the purpose of performing acts of bullying: acts of defamation: libelous and malicious acts: and trade of illegal drugs, weapons and firearms, whether or not such account is linked to a valid identification or barangay certificate number provided by the government to each individual.
I guess Facebook, Twitter, and what-have-you are kinda worried about this vital piece of legislation.