Community-based fight vs child pornography

The Internet is a powerful tool that has changed how we conduct business and live, and it has also changed things for bad actors exploiting children. To fight criminal elements and to better protect our children, we must take a community-based approach to create a powerful strategy and tools like those available to the bad actors.

The sheer volume of child pornography and exploitation cases makes the cooperation between regulators, law enforcement, and the private sector to fight child sexual exploitation “absolutely necessary,” said Atty. Ariel Tubayan, Senior Legal Counsel and Head of Policy Division at Globe.

“The fight against child sexual exploitation is a shared responsibility. The public should take responsibility for reporting to authorities offensive content on social media like Facebook, Twitter, and others could take down these sites,” Tubayan said in an episode of Daily Tribune’s multi-platform morning show Gising Na!

He also reminded social media users that they could be equally liable for failing to report such sites. But revised law on child sexual exploitation allows users to report to authorities offensive sites to relieve themselves of any criminal liability, unlike the previous rule when “mere possession of illegal contents could result in a serious penalty.”

He added, “Globe is coordinating with law enforcement agencies to fight online job sexual exportation for abuse. First, Globe launched #MakeItSafePH. This is a campaign to educate our stakeholders, parents, children and other sectors on proper use and behavior on the Internet.”

Tubayan said Globe hopes to ramp up investments to make online space safer for children.

To date, Globe has invested nearly P151 million to establish content filtering systems that block websites and online imagery that promote child pornography and online piracy. It has partnered with local and international organizations to boost the fight across all fronts.

Globe has long been campaigning for online child safety and has vowed to fully support the implementation of the Anti-Online Sexual Abuse and Exploitation of Children law to shield children from dangers on the Internet.

Under the #MakeITSafe Campaign, Globe runs the Digital Thumbprint Program, an educational platform that teaches responsible digital citizenship to students, teachers, parents and netizens.

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