On Monday, September 28, President Rodrigo Duterte lashed out on Facebook via an evening address after the social media giant took down a fake network linked to the Philippine military and police.
“Facebook, listen to me,” says PRRD– a displeased father defending his children. “We allow you to operate here hoping that you could help us also. Now if the government cannot espouse or advocate something which is for the good of the people, then what is your purpose here in my country?” Accusing the social media website of being pro-communists, the president made a threat to ban it in the country.
Well, a Facebook-less Philippines doesn’t appear to be a very promising scenario. It’s the most commonly used social media platform in the country; it has practically replaced most of media channels for various human pursuits– from communication, entertainment, to business. Shutting it down would hurt millions of Filipino users the way the ABS-CBN shutdown hurt the Kapamilyas nationwide.
But then, what can we do, right? Taking Facebook away from our lives would be a toxic move from our tatay (the left-wing say it’s a form of censorship), but Facebook has hurt his feelings, so we should be hurt, too.
Whether or not this threat by PRRD will soon be turned into a reality, we have yet to find out. But in the meantime, here’s how a regular Filipino citizen like us can show support to the best president in the galaxy in his fight with Mark Zuckerberg.
Stop engaging in any post.
We basically give Mark Zucker more money by merely being a Facebook user. To become richer, he needs you to hit that laughter reaction every time Leni Robredo tries to do her job. He needs you to voice out your opinion in the comment section every time ABS-CBN posts something about the Manila Bay rehabilitation. He needs you to spend as much as time as you can on his platform because that’s what fuels his powers– your clicks, likes, and comments.
Don’t give him what he needs. Show him that he’s a nobody compared to Intergalactic Emperor Rudy. Every time you’re online, just do nothing.
Or you can just…
The biggest-yet-easiest thing to do to assert dominance over Mark Zuckerberg is by simply boycotting his product, which is Facebook. He needs you, but you don’t need him. Humanity has been around for a massive amount of time now, and they’ve survived without the internet.
Get out of Facebook. Screw Mark Zuckerberg and his reluctance to support the Philippine government. Even if the new reports are true claiming that President Duterte only wants “to talk” and not really stop the tech giant from operating in our territory, at least, you’ve scored one for the team.
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