New Cybercrime Law

The new Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012 prohibits online libel "committed through a computer system or any other similar means which may be devised in the future". This allows a wide range of online activity to be interpreted as libelous. According to lawyers, bloggers, journalists and political activists, the vaguely worded law leaves too much room for interpretation. In addition,  punishment for libel is not limited to the original source of the content.  It appears that everyone who shows agreement with and shares the content in question — like tweets, status updates, photos, videos, etc. — could be sued for libel. Penalties include prison time of up to 12 years, and a maximum fine of one million Philippine pesos for each incident.

This is too risky because there is always always somebody who feels insulted, and we have therefore removed any contents about the Philippines from this web site.

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