Under quarantine, Filipinos spend more time on Pornhub, Twitter, and Zoom

The Philippines is one of the most engaged internet users in the world, but the country also suffers from a palpable digital divide



Ervine Jules Beltran Sape, a 20-year-old student from Saint Louis University in Baguio City, decried for his school administration to be considerate of its students. As the coronavirus pandemic was getting worse, the city government executed an order to suspend classes in all educational institutions, and his university announced they would finish the remaining semester online. While the school had an existing online system in place, Sape says, it was unreliable, rarely updated, and only used for administration announcements. For example, when the students wanted to access the student portal to see their released grades, the system was always crashing.


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