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Philippines: #NoToCyberCrimeLaw

Online dissent skyrockets after new law takes effect in the Philippines.

A man looks at a Facebook account in Manila on September 29, 2012. A new cybercrime law in the Philippines that could see people sentenced to 12 years in jail for posting defamatory comments on Facebook or Twitter is generating outrage among netizens and rights groups. AFP PHOTO / NOEL CELIS

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.