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Tarlac solon challenges DICT to address fake news proliferation

Sep 7, 2018 @ 4:03
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Tarlac 2nd District Representative Victor Yap challenged the Department of Information and Communication Technology to take actions against the proliferation of fake news in the country.

According to a statement from the Lower House of Congress, Yap issued the call during the Appropriations Committee hearing last Monday, Sept. 3, of the DICT’s budget.

Yap, who chairs the House Committee on Information and Communication Technology, said the DICT must have its own policy to combat the spread of fake news.

“How can we be fair to all? Facebook has a policy, yet, they’re only a corporation. We already have the Cybercrime Prevention Act. Do we need another law to deal with fake news?” Yap was quoted to have said.

“I think it is our inaction or our delay that is fostering all these. The issue of national security has been raised. But what about personal security? We must address all of these simultaneously,” he added.

Yap concedes that the proposed budget of a little over P5 billion for DICT for 2019 is too meager compared to its tasks, suggesting that higher budget must be allocated for it to perform better.

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