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Digital Vigilantes: Online Shaming and Surveillance Culture in Top Gear Philippines' Facebook Page 1:00 - 2:30 pm, April 26, 2016 at the CMC Auditorium A franchise of the highly popular motoring magazine based in the United Kingdom, Top Gear Philippines (TGP) is the number one source when it comes to two or more-wheeled vehicles. Launched in September 2004, the TGP Facebook page aimed to complement the motoring reviews and stories from the magazine, and provide an online venue for its avid followers. The page has since then evolved into a 'Sumbungan Ng Bayan' where 'errant parking maneuvers and wayward traffic enforcers get a dose of Social Media Flogging' (Gonzalez, 2014). Ordinary citizens can post photos of motorists who park illegally or foolishly, upload road rage videos or rant about run-ins with the law and corrupt government practices. Many of these posts have gone viral in social media, where they are fair game to commenters and trolls in the Filipino community.
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