The Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) has just opened its accreditation for “interim social media practitioners” who want to cover the President’s activities.
With Department Order No. 15, the PCOO established a provisional social media practitioner accreditation system that will be handled by their Social Media Office headed by Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson.
Basically, the main requirements to get accredited include being 18 years of age upon application and having at least 5,000 followers on social media.
Application is free and the accreditation will only last on a per event or activity basis, unless specified. It will also be the PCOO’s Social Media Office that will review, approve, and issue the non-transferable accreditations.
As for limitations, the PCOO order vaguely notes that “abuse of rights and privileges” along with “improper use” of accreditation can result in its cancelation.
But here’s what’s even worse: PCOO Assistant Secretary Kris Ablan has confirmed (although hesitantly) that nothing is currently preventing those who will be accredited from using profanity and propagating fake news.
“The presumption is those who will be accredited are law-abiding Filipino citizens who will not use profanity in their articles, who will not use fake news. And then later on once we observe that those who we accredited do not abide by the regular courtesy expected from them, then we might have to add that particular requirement or limitation on the accreditation,” he said.
Needless to say, this didn’t sit well with some netizens who were already bewildered by the ridiculously low requirements set by the PCOO.
Apparently, the British Fashion Council has higher standards.
More Mocha Usons on the way...
Joke’s on us.
Fake news here we come!
Standards just got thrown out the window.
Analogy on point.