PNP Warns Cybercrime Case vs Prankster Content Creators Over Irresponsible Videos
The Philippine National Police (PNP) warned prankster content creators that they will face cybercrime raps over irresponsible videos.
The PNP-Cybercrime Group (ACG) warned vloggers and content providers to use caution when creating videos on social media. According to ACG director Brig Gen. Sidney Hernia, while prank videos are entertaining, vloggers must take care not to endanger the safety or well-being of others.
This is worsened by videos depicting fictitious holdups or attacks, which cause panic in those who witness them and impede public services. Hernia also stated that because this could result in serious injuries or death, those involved could face criminal charges, based on the report.
Vloggers who show videos that harm the safety of others can also be charged with tumultuous and other disturbances of public order, which carries a prison sentence of six years. It can be recalled that the prankster group Tukomi went viral on social media after being charged by a cop for their stunt.
On April 7, the aforementioned gang sparked outrage when they released a hoax involving an officer named Police Staff Sergeant Ronnie Conmigo, who is based in Las Pinas City.
The group can be seen in the video attempting to violently take one of its members out in public. Officer Conmigo, who was off-duty at the time, halted the group immediately because he thought the situation was dire.
Following the incident, the Las Pinas City Philippine National Police filed charges against the group, stating that pranks like Tukomi’s should cease immediately. This week, the story broke in the mainstream media, and their case was covered by several television stations.
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