The National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) has issued a show-cause order for internet service providers (ISPs) to explain the continued spread of child pornography.
The SCO is said that ISPs still do not install the appropriate technology, software, or program to block porn websites after President Rodrigo Duterte himself ordered the NTC to impose penalties on ISPs.
Apart from the written explanation, representatives of more than 500 ISPs in the country should also attend hearings or else they would need to face administrative sanctions.
According to ISPs, they have blocked up to 3,000 domains containing child abuse so that internet users in the country can no longer access them.
Despite the fact that they can block access to these websites, the government also needs help in arresting criminals who use the internet to abuse children.
They are also developing a technology to automatically detect any child pornography content and block or access a website even if it is legitimate.
Show cause order vs child pornography released – NTC
Earlier this month, the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) and the Department of Justice’s Office of Cybercrime (OOC) said they will strengthen their crackdown on online human trafficking, amid reports of “Christmas sale” of students’ sensual photos and videos online.
“The DOJ, through its Office of Cybercrime, and the NBI’s Cybercrime Division, will intensify its efforts to crack down on cybercrimes and all forms of human trafficking through the internet, which are expected to rise during these times of limited physical movement and interaction,” DOJ Secretary Menardo Guevarra said.
According to Senator Sherwin Gatchalian, chair of the Senate’s basic education committee, there were reports of students holding a Christmas sale of sensual photos and videos.
Gatchalian asked the DOJ-OOC and the PNP’s Anti-Cybercrime Group to immediately probe the reports of Philippine Online Student Tambayan (POST), a news portal on the student sector, that some students use #AlterPH, #AlterPinay, and #AlterPhilippines on Twitter to sell their lewd photos and videos online.