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It happened to ABS-CBN, it can happen to Facebook too: Netizens lament over Pres. Rodrigo Duterte’s threat to ban the social media giant

One netizen also noted that it seems that the president is abusing his power against Facebook, citing his actions against ABS-CBN, Rappler, Maynilad, Manila Water, and local telcos.

In his recent late-night address, President Rodrigo R. Duterte threatened tech giant Facebook after it took down fake accounts linked to the country’s police and military.

Because of this, some netizens are speculating the possibility of a shutdown similar to network giant ABS-CBN.

A netizen noted that these threats are alarming because of what happened with ABS-CBN.

https://twitter.com/ItsMeGrayKnight/status/1310796839713611777?fbclid=IwAR1ctN2xy52dW_0tSVSS_xc0ZLvhOmLIdZcQ6IPKWL92_p-shz4JABx75uA

Social Media Editor Erik Tenedero also expressed his speculations that if President Duterte could do it to ABS-CBN, he can do the same to Facebook. He also noted that it seems like the Philippines will soon follow China in banning the social media giant.

https://twitter.com/erikreports/status/1310598686787788801

On the other hand, Human Rights Activist Francisco Baraan IV noted that this is a knee-jerk response of tyrants to organizations that threatens their reign.

Activist Renato Reyes Jr. also noted that this is similar to President Duterte’s dictatorial actions against Rappler and ABS-CBN.

Another Netizen expressed his confusion over the president’s actions noting that Facebook was only removing trolls and peddlers of fake news from the network.

https://twitter.com/GerryMoralesJr/status/1310651975449456641

One netizen also noted that it seems that the president is abusing his power against Facebook, citing his actions against ABS-CBN, Rappler, Maynilad, Manila Water, and local telcos.

Another netizen, on the other hand, dared Diehard Duterte Supporters to follow suit and boycott Facebook just like what they did with ABS-CBN.

Earlier this year, President Duterte threatened ABS-CBN in one of his national address. Then, Congress declined the network’s franchise despite ABS-CBN submitting renewal requests since 2014.

Then, on May 5, 2020, the National Telecommunications Commission implemented a cease and desist order shutting ABS-CBN down.



Given his pattern of behavior, Duterte might be banning Facebook next.

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