Online dissent skyrockets after new law takes effect in the Philippines.
Netizens expressed resistance toward the Philippines’ Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012, which went into effect on October 3 after President Benigno Aquino III signed it into law on September 12. The law makes cybersex, pornography, and file-sharing illegal.
Among netizens, the most contentious part of the law seems to be a provision making online libel a crime. The hashtag #NoToCyberCrimeLaw skyrocketed to over 140,000 mentions, trending worldwide.