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Lea Salonga's instant remedy to cyberbullying: "Instant block."

by Nerisa Almo
Jun 30, 2017
Lea Salonga's suggestion to avoid online abuse: "Communicate decently. Once the bullying or otherwise targeted uncouth speech begins, block asap."

“Instant block.”

This was the recommendation of Lea Salonga to her Twitter followers during their short discussion on cyberbullies earlier today, June 30.

The Broadway artist opened the discussion about cyberbullying by asking her followers these questions: “How do we as a collective put an end to online bullying? What prompts the bullying in the first place?”

Then, she made a suggestion on how to deal with rude people on the internet.

“Communicate decently. Once the bullying or otherwise targeted uncouth speech begins, block asap,” she said.

Lea's post instantly received reactions, mostly agreeing to what she said.

The Voice coach also pointed out some people change their behavior when they are online.

“Why do the rules governing face to face human interaction change once these same humans are online?” she asked.

Netizens then told her about the convenience of bashing people online using an anonymous or fake account.

To which Lea, who has been speaking out against cyberbullying, replied, “So bale, maraming duwag sa internet. Kunwari matapang. Yun pala tapang-tapangan lang.”

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She also stressed the right to have an opinion is not an excuse for disrespectful discussion.

“We can have such a thing as RESPECTFUL DISSENT. A difference of opinion doesn't have to mean venom hurled by both sides.”

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Lea is aware that cyberbullies have been affecting celebrities greatly.

“They're targets. I can't blame a lot of celebs for leaving social media,” she said.

Earlier this month, Maine Mendoza deactivated her Twitter account because, she said in a blog post, “Twitterworld’s been really toxic lately.”

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Liza Soberano also recently expressed her disgust on cyberbullying towards celebrities.

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In 2015, the next Darna temporarily deactivated her Twitter account because of the fans bashing other celebrities.

Read: Liza Soberano explains why she temporarily deactivated her Twitter account

Meanwhile, Lea shared her discovery of a Twitter option that can help lessen negativity on Twitter feed.

“Ooh, Twitter now has a filter to automatically mute posts from handles without profile pictures.

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“Yaaaaas!!! Goodbye, eggheads!!!”

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