Poll Shows Opposition to Controversial Digital Law 民調:數位中介服務 逾6成反對納社交平台

The results of an opinion poll on the controversial Digital Services Intermediary Act were released on Aug. 31. Over 60 percent of respondents opposed the inclusion of social media platforms in the draft bill and granting the government greater oversight. Meanwhile, over 50 percent worry the government will add warnings to unfavorable online messages.


The draft bill for the Digital Services Intermediary Act has proven to be extremely controversial. The Foundation for the People, whose chairperson is KMT Legislator Johnny Chiang, recently conducted an opinion poll on the act. One question that was asked was if respondents agree with the inclusion of social media platforms in the act, thereby granting the government greater oversight. Thirty-three percent agreed and 63.5 percent disagreed. Another question asked respondents about the provision that the government can ask online media outlets to add warnings to online content it determines is untrue, asking if they have concerns that the government may take advantage of this provision to add warnings to anything that is unfavorable to it to evade public scrutiny. Fifty-four percent had concerns, while 42.5 percent did not. Some scholars said the results show the public has concerns about the act violating the right to freedom of speech.

Liao Yuan-hao, Associate Professor, College of Law, NCCU: “We Taiwanese people are already very used to having freedom of speech. Now, you're suddenly telling us that you're going to control online content, and you can do so because you're the government. You can slap on warnings, you can ask for content to be removed. Everyone's going to think, does this mean I can't criticize anything in the future?”

The DPP's legislative caucus insisted that this draft bill was still in the public hearing stage and the National Communications Commission was listening to everyone's opinions. The government then provided an explanation and the NCC will not continue promoting it.

Huang Shih-chieh, Deputy Secretary-General, DPP Legislative Caucus: “Those people who are victims of scammers and those people who have had their intimate images disseminated are actually those we are trying to protect with this law. Of course we will ensure that the law won't be abused and won't be used to excessively encroach on freedom of speech and even the freedom of creation. In fact, there is still room for discussion on all of this.”

The DPP said how to ensure freedom of speech while combating cybercrimes requires everyone's input.

 

 

 

數位中介服務法草案日前引發各界關注,由國民黨立委江啟臣擔任董事長的啟思民本基金會發布相關網路民調結果。其中詢問民眾是否同意數位中介服務法草案計畫將網路社交平台納入,強化政府監管?同意的有33%,不同意的有63.5%;另外如果行政機關認定網路言論是不實訊息,可以要求網路媒體加註警語,是否會擔憂政府會將不利的訊息都加上警語,規避輿論的監督?同意的有54%、不同意的有42.5%。有學者認為這樣的數據反映出,民眾擔憂草案相關規定有違反言論自由之虞。

政治大學法律系副教授廖元豪表示:「我們台灣人已經很習慣了,這是我們享有的言論自由,結果今天突然間告訴我們說,網路上我們要來管網路的內容了,而且是行政機關就可以管,可以給你貼黃標,可以叫你下架,所以大家一下子會覺得難道我以後不能批評了嗎?」

不過民進黨立院黨團強調,這項草案當時還在公聽會階段,只是NCC聽取各界意見,後來府院也都對外說明歸零思考,不會支持繼續推動。

民進黨立院黨團副幹事長黃世杰表示:「包含這些被詐騙的人,包含這些性私密影像被散布的人,這些受害者其實他們才是我們在這個法裡面要去替他們保護的人這樣子,當然怎麼樣確保他的決定是不會被濫用的,不會去過度侵害到言論自由乃至於創作自由,這些其實都還有討論的空間。」

黃世杰也強調要如何兼顧言論自由與打擊網路犯罪,還需要各界共同思考。