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by Ramil A. Andag, PhilRights.org
According to a recent TNS report, almost half (45%) of the Filipino population connects to the internet. The country has an estimated 40 million Facebook users; worldwide, the Philippines ranks 10th in Twitter use, with an estimated 9.5 million registered users. Internet use, especially social media use, among Filipinos is so high that last year, the Philippines was dubbed the social media capital of the world.
The internet, particularly the social networks Facebook and Twitter, has democratized the sphere of public participation in sociopolitical affairs and has become a tool for empowerment for a lot of citizens. In a recent resolution, the UN Human Rights Council recognized “the global and open nature of the Internet as a driving force in accelerating progress towards development in its various forms.”
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