Social Media, Disinformation, and the 2022 BARMM Parliamentary Elections

ASOG Working Paper 21-002

23 Pages Posted: 13 Jan 2021

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Michael Henry Yusingco

Ateneo de Manila University - Ateneo School of Government

Date Written: January 10, 2021

Abstract

The digitalization of almost every aspect of civic life has brought forth a new democratic milestone with many people now having real-time access to information, to cultures beyond borders, and to discourses happening virtually any place in the world. This hyper-connectivity of people in the digital space has likewise put a new spotlight on the importance of constitutional rights such as free speech and press freedom, and its ability to foster community political engagement. Governments must keep social media a safe and vibrant space for citizen engagement and thus, must institutionalize measures against the deployment of online disinformation. To ensure the integrity of parliamentary democracy in the case of BARMM, three courses of action are proposed: the first being a youth-led comprehensive campaign on proper digital citizenship to empower social media users in the BARMM. The second is establishing clear guidelines in the soon-to-be enacted Bangsamoro Civil Code on the use of social media by government agencies and personnel in the region. And third is instituting prescriptions against disinformation in the impending Bangsamoro Electoral Code.

Keywords: social media, disinformation, Bangsamoro parliamentary elections

Suggested Citation

Yusingco, Michael Henry, Social Media, Disinformation, and the 2022 BARMM Parliamentary Elections (January 10, 2021). ASOG Working Paper 21-002, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3763264 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3763264

Michael Henry Yusingco (Contact Author)

Ateneo de Manila University - Ateneo School of Government ( email )

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Quezon City, Manila 1108
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