Netizens go 'black' to protest anti-cybercrime law

Posted at 10/02/2012 3:46 PM | Updated as of 10/03/2012 2:46 AM

MANILA, Philippines – Taking their cue from hackers who defaced government and private websites, several Filipino Internet users went “black” in protest against the new anti-cybercrime law in the country.

Using a plain black photo as their profile picture, these Facebook users continue to post comments showing black blocks followed by the text “[COMMENT BLOCKED BY R.A. 10175]”, with others quickly following suit.

Republic Act 10175 is also known as the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012.

An Internet user posts a comment containing black blocks on ABS-CBNnews.com's Facebook page as a sign of protest against the anti-cybercrime law. 

Earlier today, various groups trooped to Padre Faura in Manila to call on the Supreme Court to strike down controversial provisions of the anti-cybercrime law and restrain the government from implementing these provisions.

Their protest action, dubbed “Black Tuesday,” began at around the same time the justices of the high court sat to discuss the seven petitions filed against the legislation.

Last week, home pages of government and private websites were replaced by a logo belonging to “Anonymous Philippines” and a statement on a black background.

A song by Rage Against the Machine titled “Freedom” played in the background of the defaced websites.