Ateneo de Davao students and teachers protest campus-wide Facebook ban

( Students and faculty members from Ateneo de Davao University picketed the campus last week to protest the school's imposition of a "Facebook ban," reports GMA News. The university is restricting its students from visiting Facebook from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.


School officials reasoned that logging into Facebook "heavily overburdens" the university's internet bandwith. "Most of our books are not really physically in the library. It's online. (Students) can read these books while they are inside the campus," said Jeremy Eliab, assistant to the Ateneo de Davao University president. He added that when the internet slows down, such books cannot be downloaded.


"We want our personnel to focus more-not on social networking-but on their necessary work, basically educational work," Eliab said, adding that the restriction is also a measure to prohibit students from checking their accounts during class hours.


After the ban's official announcement, the College Faculty Union of Ateneo de Davao University released an open letter, saying: "The blocking...infringes on the freedom of information and of expression which requires thorough discussion beforehand to determine what constitutes a violation or not. The CFU will file grievance as initial and LEGAL response directed to the head of (school's Technical Service Office)." Students, meanwhile, reasoned that they pay more than P1,300 as "information technology fee" each semester.


Last week, reports GMA News, the University of Southern Mindanao also prohibited school employees from logging into social networking sites during office hours.


For more on this story, log on to GMA News.


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