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Padilla wants MTRCB to fight illegal content online

Senator Robin Padilla wants to give more power to the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board to fight illegal content online.
Padilla wants MTRCB to fight illegal content online
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Monitoring social media content

According to Philstar, Padilla cautioned the public about content they can see on social media platforms like TikTok and Facebook since they can be dangerous, especially for teenagers.

He shared an instance when his wife Mariel Rodriguez borrowed his phone, and improper content popped out.

Nakakahiya baka akala ng asawa ko nanonood ako niyan, ah. Hindi, biglang lumabas lang eh, News5 quoted the senator saying during a committee hearing.

Generally, the content users see on their social media accounts depends on how they interact with the platform.

The PNA said Padilla assured he will seek to enhance the mandate and capabilities of the MTRCB.

Kami pong lahat na taga-pelikula na nandidito sa Senado naniniwala po na kailangan madagdagan ang mandato ninyo para labanan po natin itong mga online na ito, action star-turned-senator said.

MTRCB was created through Presidential Decree No. 1986. One of its mandates is to “regulate and classify motion pictures, television programs, and publicity materials,” its website read.

Padilla said since the MTRCB was established 38 years ago, its mandate and capabilities are already outdated if applied during current times.

However, he clarified that the proposed amendments will make sure the creativity of directors will not be affected.

Padilla also said that he is not after censorship and does not oppose freedom of expression, but only wants to ensure the protection of viewers from improper content.

Ang gusto ko lamang sabihin, mag-ingat tayo rito kasi pag-pollute ito ng utak ng ating mga bata. ‘Wag sana tayo magpabaya sa mga ganitong usapin, Padilla said, according to Philstar.

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