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KathNiel fans, other celebs launch campaign against cyber trolls

The hashtag #WeBlockAsOne has been dominating social media trends to support celebrities who are victimized by online bashing.

Fans of Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla launched a massive report-and-block campaign against a blogger who attacked the tandem over their dissenting views on the ABS-CBN shutdown.

The hashtag #WeBlockAsOne, a snarky reference to the anti-COVID-19 slogan, “We heal as one,” dominated social media trends shortly after the blogger uploaded a video criticizing Kathryn’s Instagram post where she not only spoke up on the closure of her home network but defended other artists vocal on the shutdown.

Also Read: CBCP decries ABS-CBN shutdown, says Filipinos need reliable news sources

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Instagram images by @comenatangi and @kathniels_525

Fans called on their ranks and other netizens to mass report the blogger’s Facebook page and YouTube channel. They also blocked and mass reported the accounts of online trolls who attempted to attack the artists and their fanbase.

Celebrities and Online Bashing

Other artists joined the block-and-report campaign. Frankie Pangilinan, daughter of Megastar Sharon Cuneta and Senator Kiko Pangilinan shared her difficulties in coping with the harsh comments she receives on social media. Host and VJ Robi Domingo said that it’s about time to end the trolls and bashing online.

May karapatan tayo

For the first time in recent years, real-life couple Kathryn and Daniel, dubbed as KathNiel, broke their silence and expressed their dissent against the closure of ABS-CBN. They used the hashtag #LabanKapamilya in their posts.

Kathyrn specifically encouraged her young fans to speak up about issues and said that the shutdown is an issue of labor, public health, and press freedom.

Sa mga kabataan, sana huwag kayong matakot. Kasi kagaya niyo rin ako, natakot ako. Pero kung hindi kasi tayo magsasalita ngayon, sino? Tayo ‘yung magmamana ng Pilipinas, kaya may karapatan tayo,” she said.

Also Read: Did you know that young Filipinos have their own saint?

Daniel meanwhile defended fellow artists who were harassed for their views on the network closure.

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Photo by @kathnielspikers

Ano ho bang masama sa manindigan sa sariling kabuhayan at sa kabuhayan ng nakararami? Alam ko na kung anuman ang halaga sa amin ng ABS-CBN ay maaaring hindi iyon ang halaga nito sa inyo. Pero sana ho huwag tayong makalimot na rumespeto sa pinagdadaanan ng iba,” he said.

Netizens lauded the love team and their fans, joining in the campaign against online trolls and cyberbullying. Some even gave advice on how to make the movement work.

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