Sen. Bam Aquino called on different stakeholders, led by the Department of Education (DepEd), to join forces in combating rampant trolling and spread of misinformation on social media.
“We need to address the volume and frequency issues with the same volume and frequency,” Sen. Bam pointed out during the Committee on Education hearing on the responsible use of social media in schools.
“Maybe we can work on something that can match that level of speed, exponential growth and energy that we see online,” added Sen. Bam, chairman of the said committee.
Sen. Bam filed Senate Resolution No. 173 to determine how schools are educating and developing students regarding the responsible social media use.
Sen. Bam said DepEd can lead the way by conducting a “media literacy week” or “responsible social media use week” to jumpstart the move.
“This is something we can explore further and I’m confident that everyone will be willing to volunteer,” said Sen. Bam.
Aside from DepEd, Rappler chief executive officer Maria Ressa and Carlo Ople of Internet and Mobile Marketing Association of the Philippines (IMMAP) also attended the event.
Both Ressa and Ople expressed willingness to help the initiative against trolling and misinformation on social media.
“Trolling is a global phenomenon. Real victims are those who believe in misinformation. We need explosive and faster solutions,” said Ople.
Ressa stressed the need to integrate responsible use of social media in schools, reiterate moral obligations and strengthen constructive debates to fight the spread of hate on social media.
The DepEd, for its part, has established mechanisms that would guide “digital learners’” to make them responsible social media users.
“Right now, the concern is there. Na-recognize na may problema at na-recognize rin na ang solusyon dito hindi lang magagawa ng isang grupo o ahensiya. Kailangan magtulong-tulong ang iba’t ibang sektor para masolusyonan ito,” said Sen. Bam.
Ultimately, Sen. Bam said the move “aims to create a society that is more humane and compassionate towards each other and a Philippines that is more tolerant of different ideas and beliefs”.