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Jan 19, 2017
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Senator Antonio Trillanes IV has claimed that trolls on popular social media platforms like Facebook earn up to $2,000 (roughly P100,000) per month just by spreading fake news.

According to the senator, who is a constant target of online trolling, these individuals easily rack up cash by creating fake accounts and pushing political propaganda, the Inquirer reports.

“Recently, instead of being a tool for empowerment, the social media has become a platform for political propaganda, deceit and manipulation, which has been continually abused and misused for the sake of personal or political agenda, at the expense of rational discourse and discussion with the proliferation of the so called “social media trolls,” he said.

Due to this, Trillanes called on the Senate for a formal investigation on fake news and social media trolls through Senate Resolution No. 259.

The resolution seeks to end the “proliferation of false, erroneous, distorted, fabricated and/or misleading news and information on social media, as well as on the so called social media trolls.”

Aside from this, it also aims to hold those who disseminate fake news, whether using a fake or legitimate account liable for their actions.

“Social media is now being used to fabricate realities through a network of fake social media accounts intended for trolling and spreading of erroneous and misleading news and information,” he said.

Trillanes, a known and vocal critic of President Rodrigo Duterte has been the subject of countless memes and online trolling each time he expresses his opinion against the former.

 

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