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Widespread social media blackout vs Cybercrime Law


In support of the movement to repeal the recently passed Anti-Cybercrime Act, Filipino netizens on Tuesday turned their Facebook and Twitter profile pictures to black. The movement started at daybreak and quickly gained momentum over the day until social media were awash with blacked-out status updates and profile pics.
 
Engaged social media users dubbed the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012 or Republic Act 10175 a veritable "Cyber Martial Law" that threatened Internet users' freedom of expression by way of a provision on online libel, inserted into the bill only during the bicameral conference.
 
In addition to using images of protest, netizens also posted comments with black blocks to simulate the possible censorship the Anti-Cybercrime Act might soon impose among bloggers and even the most casual users of social media.
 
On Twitter, words were blacked out to render incomplete phrases and sentences, eventually turning everything into a fill-in-the-blank meme:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Active protest against the bill also got the hashtag #NoToCybercrimeLaw trending by Tuesday afternoon.
 
 
 
 
 
As the government's implementing body, the Department of Justice is tasked to draft the implementing rules and regulations (IRR) of R.A. 10175, Justice Secretary Leila de Lima said on Monday. 
 
“We have our law now and it is our duty to execute the law, unless otherwise declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court or unless repealed by the crafters of the law, the Congress,” she said.
 
Although the DOJ may “clarify certain ambiguous provisions in the law,” De Lima clarified that the “IRR cannot go beyond or against the provisions of the law.”
 
The DOJ is set to hold a multi-sectoral forum on Oct. 9 to discuss the controversial Cybercrime law, which takes effect on Oct. 3.
 
“The DOJ recommended the deletion of [the provisions for] cyberdefamation, cyberthreats and internet libel,” de Lima said. — TJD, GMA News
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