- A foreign vlogger reacted to Pres. Rodrigo Duterte’s comments after Facebook took down some pages, including those linked to the polic
eand milit ary
- Agon Hare of Project Nightfall said that banning Facebook in the Philippines won’t have positive effects
- Supporters of the president defended him by leaving comments on the vlogger’s video
A polish vlogger explained why Pres. Rodrigo Duterte should not ban Facebook in the Philippines.
Agon Hare, the man behind Project Nightfall explained that if Pres. Duterte decides to ban Facebook, it may cause a global domino effect.
‘The reason why I care about this is not only because it would be a huge loss if the Philippines banned FB. But more importantly, in politics, many situations start a global domino effect. If Pres. Duterte bans Facebook, we can expect more and more governments deciding what’s on our phones just like China or North Korea,” Agon narrated.
He added that unlike in the US where Pres. Donald Trump is contemplating on banning TikTok and India, where hundreds of apps have been banned due to security issues, Pres. Duterte’s pronouncements seemed “very personal and political.”
Agon also noted that people need Facebook now because of the pandemic. “Facebook is helping us stay informed, entertained, and connected. It helps small businesses. It even helps poor people who can only access Facebook’s free data plans. There will be no positives in banning Facebook,” he said.
Meanwhile, supporters of the president left comments saying that the video seems to lack research.
“I have been following you but I don’t agree with this new post. Clearly misinformed about the other side of the story here, Project Nightfall,” Melin R. commented.
“Our president is going through a lot these months and your content seemed to uplift the pride of dilawans. Please don’t compare him to the presidents of those mentioned countries ’cause he is not like them,” J. Dejino lamented.
In a televised address, Pres. Duterte said Facebook cannot lay down a policy for his government.
“Facebook, listen to me. You cannot lay down a policy for my government. I allow you to oper
ate here. You cannot bar or prevent me from espousing the objectives of the government.”
Meanwhile, Palace has already clarified that Pres. Duterte is not keen on banning Facebook and that he only wants “to talk.”
“Parehong hindi mabuti ‘yan sa Facebook at Pilipinas. Number one po kasi sa buong mundo tayo sa Facebook. Kung mawawala tayo, malaking kawalan po ‘yan sa Facebook,” Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said.