MANILA - Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said Monday that he had urged the new Philippine military chief to follow the "less talk, less mistake" tact after the latter drew criticism for a proposal to use the anti-terror law to regulate social media. Armed Forces of the Philippines Chief of Staff Gilbert Gapay recently said the military would give inputs on policing social media "because this is the platform now being used by the terrorists to radicalize, to recruit and even plan terrorist act.
Gapay meant regulating the dark web, said Lorenzana, citing his private conversation with the general. Lorenzana, however, said: "How can you regulate something that is underground and is not actually legit?
Gapay later said in an interview that what he wanted to be regulated is the platform, not the users, noted the Defense chief. Authorities are drafting the implementing rules of the anti-terror law that, among others, will allow the detention of terror suspects for up to 24 days without charge.
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