Businessman files cyber libel complaint vs. alias Bikoy, Facebook PH, YouTube

Aileen Cerrudo   •   May 24, 2019   •   1463

Courtesy: Misibis Bay Resort Facebook page

Owner of Misibis Bay Resort, Zaldy Co, has filed cyber libel charges against self-confessed “Bikoy” Peter Joemel Advincula, Facebook PH, and YouTube.

“Like ‘Bikoy’, Facebook and YouTube must be held accountable. Our legal system shouldn’t allow them to be part of a systematic campaign to destroy people and simply get away with it,” Co said in a statement.

Based on the filed complaint, Co is asking for P1 billion in damages against the said respondents, including Rodel Jayme, for linking his resort in the ‘Ang Totoong Narcolist’ videos.

“The truth is finally out. By his own admission, ‘Bikoy’ said everything in the viral video series that implicates me, Misibis Bay Resort and other personalities in the illegal drug trade are pure fabrication,” Co added.

Co recalled that his camp had already asked Facebook and YouTube to take down the videos but his request was allegedly ignored.

De Lima urges Google Philippines to take down fake videos on YouTube

Robie de Guzman   •   August 23, 2019

Senator Leila de Lima

MANILA, Philippines – Detained Opposition Senator Leila de Lima on Friday expressed alarm over the “continued proliferation of fake videos” on video-sharing website Youtube and urged Google Philippines to take it down.

“The continued proliferation of fake videos on YouTube is highly alarming. These fake videos have been widely shared across social media platforms by well-orchestrated network of pages that aim to manipulate reality to advance their political agendas,” De Lima said in a statement.

The senator said fake videos are populating on one of its subsidiaries, notably YouTube, “which becomes the go-to platform of sinister groups to spread lies and misleading content.”

De Lima called on Google Philippines to take concrete and decisive actions to ensure the veracity of the videos and audio clips it allows to be disseminated and shared on its service by cleaning up YouTube of fake clips.

“Google Philippines should take this concern seriously and start the crackdown on fake videos, including deep fake videos, on YouTube to free the public from any confusion about what’s real and what’s fake. This is long overdue,” she added.

The lawmaker also said she has since been aware of the malicious content populating YouTube because she has been a constant target of fake news on the said platform, as with other social networking sites.

“I should know. Evil men and women who are behind the fake news stories and videos against me have long been resorting to YouTube, among other social media platforms, to discredit me and make me appear bad in the public’s eyes,” she said.

“Even though my Senate staff report these online fake news pages and websites regularly, their efforts are not enough to control the proliferation of these fake news videos, especially among overseas Filipino workers,” she added.

De Lima believes that Google Philippines and its mother unit would be more responsible in finding innovative ways that could control, if not at all stop, the continued circulation and distribution of fake videos on YouTube.

“The people behind these dubious accounts and channels should also be held accountable for their actions. Media literacy and fact-checking platforms would not suffice unless technology giants like Google contribute in fighting disinformation,” she said.

Google Philippines has yet to issue a statement on the matter as of posting.

DOJ directs PNP-CIDG to provide complete address of respondents in sedition complaint

Maris Federez   •   July 24, 2019

The Department of Justice (DOJ) on Wednesday directed the Philippine National Police-Criminal Investigation and Detention Group (PNP-CIDG) to provide them complete information of those who were made respondents in the sedition complaint before the agency.

This, following the PNP-CIDG’s filing of complaint for sedition before the DOJ against Vice President Leni Robredo, Senators Leila de Lima and Risa Hontiveros, and former Senators Antonio Trillanes IV and Bam Aquino, in relation to the so-called Project Sodoma on Thursday (July 18).

The DOJ Panel of State Prosecutors who was tasked to conduct preliminary investigation on the complaint issued an order directing the PNP-CIDG to provide them with the complete addresses of the said respondents.

The Panel noted that the complaint filed before it does not state respondents’ complete addresses.

It added that the missing information has made it difficult for the Panel to cause service of the subpoena to respondents.

The complaints filed against the respondents were sedition, inciting to sedition, libel, cyber libel, estafa, harboring a criminal and obstruction of justice.

The respondents refuted the complaints with one of them even regarding the charges as “hogwash” and “a piece of trash”.   (with details from Mai Bermudez) /mbmf

YouTube prank backfires, leaves Filipino employee in tears

Aileen Cerrudo   •   May 16, 2019

YouTuber Lauren Love (left) telling Walmart employee, Maria Leones (right) that she’s fired, in a prank that did not go too well

“You’re fired,” YouTuber Lauren Love told Maria Leones, a Filipino employee. “Because I don’t appreciate you walking around here. You’re supposed to be at the cashier, cashing people out.”

“I have been here for six years…” Maria replied, almost in tears. “I’ve been doing my job very well and I’ve been regarded as employee of the month.”

Maria Leones has been working at Walmart for six years.

She moved to the United States from the Philippines to be closer to her children. She works at a 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. shift as a cashier at Walmart in order to pay for the medical expenses of her husband. Her 43-year-old husband recently had a quadruple bypass due to a heart attack.

Lauren Love is a YouTuber with over a hundred thousand subscribers in her solo channel. Her other channel has over a million subscribers.

For one of her contents in her solo channel, Lauren pretended to be a Walmart high-ranking corporate manager who would be firing random employees.

Maria was one of them.

According to a TV report, Maria felt humiliated and powerless during the prank. Upon hearing that she was fired, all that she could think of was her husband.

“At that moment, I thought about my husband,” Maria said during the TV interview. “Back home I had a very good reputation because I’m a professor.”

Upon seeing Maria in tears, Lauren immediately apologized. She told Maria that it was all a prank and she was not really fired.

Meanwhile, Walmart released a statement banning Lauren from all of their stores and called on YouTube to take down the said prank video.

“Our associates work hard every day to serve our customers. They do a fantastic job, deserve better than being subjected to such disrespect, and will continue to have our full support,” their statement reads.

Lauren posted another video apologizing for the incident. The prank video was also removed from YouTube.

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