Parts of this article is from http://kabataanpartylist.com/blog/doj-can-ban-facebook-twitter-9gag-with-cybercrime-law-youth-partylist/
Not only can Republic Act 10175 or the Cybercrime Prevention Law potentially incriminate netizens through their Facebook statuses and tweets, the new law also empowers the Department of Justice (DOJ) to block access to social media networks and websites, including Facebook, Twitter, and the popular meme-based website 9gag, Kabataan Partylist warned Saturday.
In a public forum held at the UP College of Mass Communication on September 29, Kabataan Partylist Rep. Raymond Palatino explained that “such is the power that the Anti-Cybercrime Law gives to DOJ that even access to social networking sites may soon be lost.”
Section 19 states, “When a computer data is prima facie found to be in violation of the provisions of this Act, the DOJ shall issue an order to restrict or block access to such computer data.”
“This effectively gives DOJ total control of the Internet in the Philippines. As only prima facie evidence is needed, the new law has done away with due process,” Palatino said.
Online censorship under Section 19 is more encompassing than traditional censorship, Palatino added. “If for example, an online article is said to be libellous, DOJ may order the total shutdown of its host domain, effectively censoring not just the article in question, but also other articles in that site – a clear violation of the constitutional right to free speech.”
Xambayan Pilipinas and other blogs and personal sites can have their domains shut down if they are reported and found to be in violation of the Cybercrime Prevention Law. Posting any disturbing posts on ANY social networking site might cut your freedom to express yourself in the internet. Government websites are continued to be hacked by "hacktivist" groups that are against this new law. Even The Pirate Bay, a well-known torrent site appeals to the public to help stop the Cybercrime Prevention Law.
Cybercrime Prevention Act takes effect on October 3, 2012.
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