This starts getting into dangerous realms of over censorship that could actually end up in stopping many real instances of information leaking into the internet which may be getting withheld or denied in other forms of media. But at the same time three representatives of the party-list group Ako Bicol on Saturday urged their colleagues in the House to speed up plenary deliberations on the proposed Anti-Cyber Bullying Act to end the ordeal of children being bullied on the Internet.
They highlighted the messages Charice Pempengco had received on Twitter and Facebook after her fathers murder. At the same time what about everyone else? In the UK there have been several suicides of school children as in the U.S. without a doubt the same has no doubt happened here as I find the messages that go on between people somewhat more intimidating and personal than I have seen elsewhere. Although they did bring up the fact rapes had occurred during face to face meetings and suicides but none specific in case.
Co, author of House Bill No. 5391, said the measure seeks to deter, prosecute and eliminate cyber bullies and “create a culture of free and unfettered exchange of information, opinions and ideas based on mutual respect and sensitivity toward the feelings of others."
Which the above statement is likely to actually have a more large scale affect because if everyone started treating everyone’s opinions,beliefs and thoughts into account and “not” look to discuss those facts what’s left Facebook games? because the world isn’t a cuddly nice place to live and the internet isn’t either, political turmoil is currently worldwide due to the issues here, Western recession, Chinese censorship closing these loop holes ends up serving a political agenda even if its sold as “anti bullying”.
If anything the security options are already on the web and could be forced to be utilized to stop the anonymity yet its sites like Facebook, MySpace etc. that hold the keys as restricting membership to those that only provide real information would surely reduce these sites of members (and revenue) but the technology exists already to filter out such issues. You will always find someone somewhere with an axe to grind but the issues here really needs to look at where the Cyber bullying occurs and to deal with it there rather than looking at an internet wide approach to such issues.
When the bill eventually gets through there is a fine of up to P100,000 and jail sentences available from 6 months to 6 years. Question is does it matter? reason being most of this stuff is done by children and may be too young for prosecution.