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November 28, 2022

'Traditional methods won't work': Sen. Win Gatchalian asks media practitioners and experts what is the most responsive way to address the proliferation of so-called "fake news" in the Philippines, taking into consideration the advent of internet and social media. During the Committee on Public Information and Mass Media's inquiry Monday, November 28, 2022 on the spread of false information, Gatchalian stressed how social media changed information dissemination and consumption. "The first thing we have to do is to recognize that, in the next 10 years, or probably 20 years, the way people will consume news, the way people will consume information will be very, very different," Gatchalian said. "You just have to recognize that the world has dramatically changed and applying traditional methods will not work," he pointed out. Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS) Director for Research Information Sheila Siar, in response, said any legislation to be crafted against disinformation must target the "main architects" of false information and set clear definition and parameters. Siar also cited the need for complementary laws on media literacy in schools and on the responsible use of information and communications technology (ICT) tools. (Voltaire F. Domingo/Senate PRIB)