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House Bill Cracks Down On Fake Social Media Accounts

Violators can get up to 12 years in jail
by Andrei Medina | Feb 22, 2017
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Facebook trolls beware. A bill that aims to promote responsible Internet usage has been filed by Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez at the House of Representatives.

Under House Bill No. 5021, accounts on social media that are either fake or have been hacked will be immediately closed, GMA News Online reports.

The bill also holds the management of social media networks responsible for the proper identification of users who create new profiles with them.

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“Applicants for social media accounts shall be subjected by the Social Media Networks to effective identity verification in order to ascertain the authenticity of an account,” part of the bill reads.


If approved, the bill will also penalize people who assume another person’s identity when creating a new profile account with any social media platform.

The bill comes at a time when online trolling or the act of creating fake accounts to keep one’s identity anonymous with the intention to spread fake news or derail discussions has become rampant. Violators face 6 to 12 years of imprisonment and can be fined up to P50,000.


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