France commits to combat racist content on social media

admin   •   March 20, 2018   •   4478

French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe speaks at the Elysee Palace after a weekly cabinet meeting in Paris, France, May 24, 2017. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

France will toughen restrictions against racism and anti-Semitism on the internet and will actively contribute to the fight on a European level.

This was assured by French Prime Minister Édouard Philippe on Monday over the fact that illegal online broadcasts of football matches are more quickly blocked than racist or anti-Semitic remarks.

For this reason, internet hosts and social media sites should be required to remove hateful speech, Philippe said.

Philippe said French President Emmanuel Macron’s government plan to fight on a European level for a legislative project that would force operators to withdraw hateful, racist or anti-Semitic content as soon as possible.

While the number of recorded hate crimes in France has decreased by 16 percent in 2017, the number of violent hateful actions has risen, the premier said. — Reuters

Korean earns praises from Filipinos after finishing college degree in Filipino

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 4, 2019

A Korean national has earned praises from the Filipino community after finishing college with a degree in Filipino.

Kim Jeeyon has finished her degree in Busan University of Foreign Studies. In her Facebook post, she said she is happy with the numerous felicitations she received.

“Nakatanggap po ako ng maraming pagbati sa aking pagtatapos. 
kaya masaya po ako ngayon. Ikinararangal ko po.❣❣❣ (I received a lot of felicitations for graduation so I am very happy. I am honored),” she said.

UP Professor Jovy Peregrino also congratulated Kim on his Facebook. Many Filipino netizens congratulated her.


Viral story of a milk tea shop and a street vendor sparks kindness from netizens

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 4, 2019

A man named Teban was silently looking at the menu of a milk tea shop in Dasmariñas, Cavite.

He is a peddler of goods like brooms, dust pans, and basins. He put his cart aside to check the different flavors of milk tea available at the store.

All it took was another man to notice.

This man offered to buy him one. “Pili ka ng pinakamahal [Tatay] para talagang masarap. Promise, sagot ko na ‘Tay, itago mo na iyang P100 mo, (Choose the most expensive one to be sure that it is really delicious. It’s my treat, keep your P100),” he said.

Tatay Teban chose the Dark Choco flavor. He took a sip. The owner managed to capture the moment and his post went viral.

Tatay Teban offered one of his goods in exchange. “Pili ka sa paninda ko iho. Gusto mo walis palanggana, hanger? Libre ko din (Choose anything from my goods. You want a broom, basin, hanger? My treat as well),” he said.

The post immediately went viral and some netizens were able to recognize Tatay Teban.

People began buying from tatay Teban and he was able to earn a lot. The milk tea shop encourages the use of social media in spreading positivity.—AAC

Filipinos spend more hours on social media than the rest of the world—report

Aileen Cerrudo   •   August 27, 2019


Filipinos spend more time on social media compared with the rest of the world, according to a recent report of Global Web Index.

The Philippines tops the list with an average of 4 hours a day spent on social media. Brazil ranked second with 3:45 hours spent while Nigeria and Colombia tied in the third spot with 3:36 hours spent.

The hours spent on social media in the Philippines increased from 2:49 hours in 2012 to 4:01 hours in 2019. The country also has remained the top country that spends the most hours on social media for seven years.

Meanwhile, the top motivations of internet users to use social media is to be up-to-date with the latest news and current events (40%), staying in touch with friends (39%) and finding funny or entertaining content (38%).

However, 47% of the 16-24 year old  age group said that finding funny or entertaining content is their top motivation for using social media. 46% answered “to fill up spare time” while 43% answered “to stay in touch with friends.”—AAC


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