Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Netizens who spread IS propaganda will be tracked down and arrested

On Tuesday, the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) said that government will arrest and file charges against people who spread terrorist propaganda online or social media. 
According to reports, some suspects have been tracked down already and will be soon arrested for committing “cyber sedition”.

It was Information Secretary Rodolfo Salalima who issued the statement.

“May huhulihin na-cyber sedition [We’ll be making some arrests on grounds of cyber-sedition]. We’re not going to name the persons. We were able to track about more than one last (Monday) night,” Salalima said. 

“Rebellion, sedition are crimes under the old penal code. You do sedition, you incite people via cyber or via Internet, there is cyber rebellion. There is cyber sedition. But in rebellion, there must be a taking up of arms. So pag sa online (if it’s done online), it could amount to cyber sedition,” He added.

He also admitted that DICT in government efforts in helping to stop the Islamic State propaganda that has been spreading online. This was after the Armed Forces asked to take down 63 Facebook accounts that were allegedly involved in doing such.

Meanwhile, Facebook responded to the request and assure that it will support any terror propaganda.