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