Social media has been an outlet for everyone. It is a place wherein people can share their feelings, activities, and any other things that are happening in our lives. This is also what people use to ask for help, to extend help, to keep in touch with other people, and to communicate.
But through the years, social media has caused so much ruckus. A lot of lives have been destroyed because others have not been very careful with the information they are sharing.
Thus, to keep our lives in social media peaceful and fun, the government has made a law for people to abide to avoid problems that may sprung up just because people take advantage of the freedom they have.
One woman in Cebu was caught up in the government’s way, unfortunately the woman must have not taken seriously the law, thus she violated it.
She was a female vendor who lives in Bantayan, Cebu and was sent to jail because of spreading false rumors over the Facebook Messenger. She is currently facing charges of cyber libel and has to pay P10,000 for her bail bond.
It was revealed that she used the app to send deteriorating words to the victim.
Cyber Libel is now considered a c***e. It is under Article 353 of the Revised Penal Code of the Philippines. It is defined as a public and malicious imputation of a c***e, vice or defect, real or imaginary or any act, omission, condition, status or circumstance tending to discredit or cause the dishonour or content of natural or judicial person or to blacken the memory of one who is dead.
There are four elements of libel:
- Imputation of discreditable act or condition to another.
- Publication of the imputation.
- Identity of the person defamed.
- Existence of malice.
Cyber libel is under Republic Act No. 10175 or better known as Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012.
When proven to violate the Cyber Libel law, one will be jailed for a maximum of 12 years.
That is why we have to be careful with whatever we spread or share over social media. We could be ruining someone’s morale and life just because of the words we say. Let us make internet a fun and peaceful place wherein all of us can have a good time.
SOURCE : Viral Feed