Sotto: 'One person, one Facebook account' may stop trolls' smear drive in 2022 polls

Published June 23, 2021, 9:06 PM

by Vanne Elaine Terrazola

Senate President Vicente Sotto III said Facebook could control the proliferation of online trolls in its platform by allowing only one account for each of its users.

Senate President Vicente ‘Tito’ Sotto III (Alvin Kasiban/MANILA BULLETIN File Photo)

Sotto said this was relayed to him as being proposed to the social media giant amid concerns on the alleged creation of troll farms ahead of the 2022 national and local elections.

“There must be — what this proposal — one name, one person, one account,” the Senate leader said during an interview with ONE News on Tuesday night, June 22.

“Hindi pupwede ‘yong tatlo, apat, ang account mo…Walang ginawa kundi magmura, hindi maganda ‘yon (You shouldn’t have three, four Facebook accounts…That you had nothing to do but to blurt out expletives online, that’s not nice),” he added.

“‘Yon ang the best solution doon para mabawasan ‘yong sinasabing mga trolls at walang ginawa kundi manira ng kapwa (That would be the best solution to lessen what we call trolls and those who had no other business but to slander people),” Sotto further said.

The lawmaker said there is no need to legislate such a proposal and that Facebook and other social media platforms can do it by themselves, saying they are able, anyway, to take down accounts that violate their rules.

The people, not only the government, should hold social media sites accountable over their contents, he pointed out, although he was quick to clarify that he is not pushing to regulate the use of social media.

“There should be a call, not only by government, but people na ang Facebook, dapat patinuin (that Facebook should make reforms),” Sotto said.

“Bawasan ‘yong problema sa trolls, bawasan yong naninira sa kapwa (Address the problem on trolls, on those who slander people),” he appealed.

Sotto earlier said he is seriously considering running for vice president in next year’s poll.

On Monday, June 21, he appealed to Facebook to shut down troll accounts at least after the 2022 elections so they would not influence voters.