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France commits to combat racist content on social media

by admin   |   Posted on Tuesday, March 20th, 2018

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

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Alleged plotters refute Malacañang’s oust Duterte matrix

by Robie de Guzman   |   Posted on Wednesday, May 8th, 2019

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo presented the new matrix of alleged conspiracy between the Liberal Party, the Magdalo group and other organizations seeking to oust President Rodrigo Duterte.

MANILA, Philippines – Opposition groups and individuals who were accused as plotters to oust President Rodrigo Duterte have denied the latest allegation floated by Malacañang several days before the May 13 midterm elections.

Citing supposed intelligence information, Presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo on Wednesday presented a new diagram showing the purported conspiracy between the Liberal Party (LP), Magdalo group and other organizations and individuals to “discredit the administration and to boost the candidacy of the opposition.”

READ: Palace shows new diagram on Magdalo, Liberal party ‘conspiracy’ to oust Duterte

“This is the nth time that the administration, when confronted with controversy, falsely accuses the LP of being involved in ouster plots. Gawa-gawa lang yan (that’s just fabricated),” said LP president Sen. Francis Pangilinan in a message to reporters.

“Ang hindi gawa-gawa na dapat nilang ipaliwanag ay bakit walang nahuhuli na mga drug lord o pinaparusahan na opisyal ng Customs sa paulit-ulit na pagpuslit ng toneladang shabu sa BoC,” he added. 

Edwin Lacierda, a spokesman of former President Benigno Aquino III, also dismissed as fabricated a matrix released by Malacañang.

Lacierda said, “a Grade School Matrix does not an evidence make.”

“This government seemed to have discovered a new technology called The Grade School Matrix as this is the third time this government employed a matrix to refute charges against them,” he said in a message.

He believes his name could have been linked to the alleged ouster plot because he is an “active liker” of Magdalo Party-list Representative Gary Alejano, a senatorial candidate of opposition slate ‘Otso Diretso’.

“If that is true, this government has all abandoned its sanity. it is also curious to note that Sec Panelo has distanced himself from the Grade School Matrix,” Lacierda said.

“I have no involvement whatsoever with the Bikoy video,” he added, referring to the “Ang Totoong Narco List” video series shared online.

VERA Files president Ellen Tordesillas also denied any involvement, calling Malacañang’s matrix an ‘imagined’ destabilization effort.

“I deny allegations by Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo linking me to any imagined destabilization efforts against the administration,” she said.

“I challenge him to present evidence, not just silly diagrams,” she added.

Meanwhile, Senator Antonio Trillanes, a vocal critic of Duterte, listed the issues against the President as he refuted claims that the Magdalo group was discrediting the administration.

“Si Duterte ang nagpapatay ng libu-libong Pilipino; may bilyun-bilyon pisong tagong yaman; gumigiba sa mga democratic institutions; minumura ang Diyos; at nag iimbento ng mga akusasyon sa mga kritiko niya; tapos kami ang nagdi-discredit?” Trillanes said in a statement.

“May pa matrix-matrix ka pa na nalalaman, umayos ka nga Mr. Panelo,” he added. (with details from Rosalie Coz)

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Robredo pushes for social media regulation vs disinformation

by Robie de Guzman   |   Posted on Thursday, March 21st, 2019

Vice President Leni Robredo | Courtesy : OVP

Vice President Leni Robredo is calling on Congress to pass a law to strictly regulate the use of social media in the Philippines.

During an interview with reporters in Dagupan City, Pangasinan on Wednesday, Robredo stressed the need to regulate the social media, which she said is “being abused in a very negative way” and has become a tool to spread disinformation especially during election season.

She said Congress should take action to somehow control and regulate posts on various social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram, and even YouTube.

“Kasi kung anybody can post anonymously, ang daming nabibiktimang hindi naman dini-deserve na siraan,” she added.

Robredo said election campaigning in the country have been marred by dirty tactics through online platforms. She added that this is unfair to the people who must know the truth but also rely on social media for information.

The Vice President said she and her family have been victims of vicious attacks and fake news by propagandists on social media.

“Sometimes you can’t blame them because they think it’s true. But what is being fed to them is propaganda,” she added.

She believes the social media should also be “made accountable the way traditional media are accountable” to promote responsibility among its users.

Robredo also lamented the lack of teeth in the country’s election laws to level the political playing field.

“Halimbawa, iyong mga violators, hindi naman nakakasuhan, hindi name-make accountable, kasi wala masyadong ngipin iyong batas kaya kailangan talaga i-amend ‘yung ating election laws,: she added.

“So if we do nothing, the situation will worsen,” Robredo said, adding that it takes time to undo the damage caused by anonymous social media posts. — Robie de Guzman

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FB post of mother helping service crew daughter clean tables goes viral

by Aileen Cerrudo   |   Posted on Monday, March 11th, 2019

Rubie Lyn Mendoza posted a photo on Facebook showing her mother stacking paper cups and cleaning tables at a fast food restaurant.

Her mother looked more like a customer with her casual orange shirt and blue jeans, yet she kept on stacking; she kept cleaning.

The photo also caught the faces of other customers busy with their meal and at the far end of the photo, is another woman throwing trash at the garbage bin. She was wearing an employee uniform.

According to Rubie Lyn, life is difficult for them especially with their father gone. Her sister had to work at a fastfood restaurant while studying.

Rubie Lyn recalled the restaurant was short-staffed at that time so it was only her sister who was cleaning the tables.

For their mother, it is difficult to watch her daughter like that, working alone in a crowded restaurant with a lot of tables still uncleaned.

“Hangga’t kaya ko pa, gagawin ko alang-alang sa mga anak ko,
(As long as I can, I will do it for my children),” she said.

After Rubie Lyn ordered their food, she saw her mother already cleaning tables. Even when her sister said she didn’t need help, their mother continued cleaning.

Rubie Lyn took a photo of her sister, who was almost unnoticeable amid the crowd and piles of plates and at the center is their mother, ready to help. —Aileen Cerrudo

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