Memes abound as anti-cybercrime law takes effect
MANILA, Philippines – Instead of hitting the streets, several Filipinos resorted to wit, humor and creativity as they created memes targeted at the country’s anti-cybercrime law, which took effect on Wednesday.
This after Facebook users went “black” on Tuesday as a sign of protest against the law, which criminalizes libel online.
On Wednesday, blogs and websites such as 9gag were filled with anti-cybercrime-inspired memes, which have been passed on from one social media account to another.
Here are some of them:
Just a few hours ago, Philippine government websites were targets of one of the biggest cyber attacks in the country’s history. This after members of the Anonymous hacktivist group from various parts of the world launched distributed denial of service attacks on the government websites, making them inaccessible.
Aside from criminalizing online libel, the anti-cybercrime law authored by Senator Edgardo Angara and signed by President Benigno Aquino III also allows warrantless monitoring of Internet and telecom users. It also authorizes the Department of Justice to block any website without court review.