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Philippines tells tech giants to halt sales of ‘textual content blast’ kit after election plug


MANILA, Oct 13 (Reuters) – The Philippines has ordered tech giants Facebook (FB.O), Alibaba Lazada and Sea’s (SE.N) Shopee to cease permitting sales of mobile tools used for emergency messaging, after “text blasts” had been used to promote a presidential election candidate.

The National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) ordered the platforms to seem earlier than the company on Oct. 27 to clarify why they shouldn’t be held accountable for permitting sales of the tools.

The NTC’s order, made public on Tuesday, follows an investigation it ordered final week into an “emergency alert” textual content blast, sometimes used throughout pure disasters, that contained message of help for one of the presidential candidates.

Under native legal guidelines, the sale, manufacture and importation of tools that may ship a mass textual content message free of charge would require NTC approval.

The NTC has mentioned the cell textual content alerts will need to have come from unlawful channels because the emergency Alert Short Message Service is utilized by catastrophe businesses.

Facebook, Lazada Philippines, Alibaba, Shopee Philippines and Shopee didn’t instantly reply to requests for remark.

Reporting by Neil Jerome Morales; Editing by Martin Petty

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