SC Issues TRO Extending Facebook’s Controversial Privacy Policy Deadline

MANILA, Philippines — The Supreme Court (SC) en banc on Monday afternoon temporarily halted the implementation of Facebook’s controversial privacy policy extending the deadline in which netizens can post a disclaimer, opting out and not giving the tech giant permission to make their posts public.

The high court issued the temporary restraining order (TRO) after a group of netizens claimed the deadline was unconstitutional.

In an urgent petition, the Society of Two Million Pinoy Internet Devotees (S2PID) said early Monday that Facebook did not give them ample time to post said status update, fearing that their past and future posts would be shared with the entire world.

fb-privacyAccording to the status update, the deadline is today giving Facebook permission to make everything thing you’ve ever posted public.

The group argued that not extending the deadline would deny netizens their right to post obnoxious, dumb and oftentimes laughable posts from unverifiable sources.

“We are thankful that the Supreme Court has granted us this Temporary Restraining Order (TRO),” said Larry Lopez, President and founder of S2PID. “Facebook was very unfair to immediately make such announcements rendering people who were very busy with their lives yesterday, clueless as to the repercussions of their inaction towards said post.”

The group also argued that Facebook’s time frame was very unrealistic, not giving them sufficient time to research what a Rome Statute was, whether or not Channel 13 was still broadcasting news or just selling Sauna Belts, and what the name of that friendly attorney was.

“At least give us a week at most and not just one day to do all these ‘fact checking stuff’,” Lopez added. “I mean, who has time to research stuff anyways? As long as my friends are doing it, that means it’s true right?”

The group added that it was easier for others to just copy and paste said status update, instead of verifying whether the policy was true.

Wala naman mawawala eh,” he added.

Facebook has yet to receive a copy of the TRO, but co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg was quoted as saying that he welcomed the Supreme Court’s decision in extending the deadline, as it will definitely help in figuring out who among your Facebook friends should be members of the said group.


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