Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Some Scenarios That Violate Republic Act No. 10175 or Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012

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In this digital age, the use of Social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter is very rampant. It even played a vital role when it comes to communication. But internet could almost play anything including a medium of ranting, bragging and even bullying. Therefore, our respective lawmakers have decided to come up with the law that would protect us from trolls and cyber bullies. And so the birth of Republic Act No. 10175 or known as The Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012.

Because of this so called Cybercrime Law, we are now protected against anybody who would do us wrong through Facebook, Twitter, Blogs and in any digital means. Hurray for that!!!

But wait!!! This law could also take away the freedom to say what we really want. If Liking, reposting, retweeting and posting negative comments could lead us to jail, then how can we suppose to say what we want? Isn’t this suppressing our freedom of speech and expression?

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If you can’t get what I mean, here are some scenarios that would violate Cybercrime law:

1. If for example you saw a traffic law officer  making “kotong” to some traffic violators, you took a photo or any evidences about the scene and posted in Facebook or in  Twitter and said:

Traffic Officer████████████████████ caught in the act ████████████████████- forcing Mr. ████████████████████ to pay for████████████████████-…. Blah blah blah…. See photo below:

████████████████████. [Photo ʙʟᴏᴄᴋᴇᴅ.] (ʀᴀ ɴᴏ. 10175)

By posting the message above, you can be penalized for libel. Whether what you are posting is real or imaginary, as long as you are  posting about malicious imputation of a crime, vice or defect, you are guilty. So if you are just a mere citizen of the Philippines and you want to share information about somebody’s crime on Facebook because this is where you think you can freely voice out your point, you can be put to jail because of the Cybercrime law. Take note, it doesn’t matter if it is REAL or IMAGINARY, as long as you are saying something bad about somebody on your post, you go to jail.

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2. Now, if the person who posted the message in Scenario number 1 is your friend, then you click the Like, Retweet, Repost or Share button, you are now considered an accomplice. Anybody involve in spreading the bad information about somebody is considered a criminal. So from now on, be careful with what you LIKE, RETWEET or SHARE because you can be put to jail by just doing that.

3. If you are witty and sarcastic, I suggest you stop posting on Social Media now. So if you posted something like:

Wow, the████████████████████ Law is very ████████████████████  I like it. I love it.. Congratulations to Senator ████████████████████ for passing the law and to ████████████████████ and ████████████████████ and ████████████████████ and the rest of the ████████████████████ for approving it. And of course, to our dear ████████████████████ who signed it. We are now tongue tied.

We know that the person who posted it is not really thankful. It’s sarcastic. He, including the people who will like, share and repost it, are all guilty. Calling name names is also included here. There should be no more "noynoying" or "SottoCopy" or whatever name calling that would insult people.

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4. Review your previous posts. Make sure that you delete all previous comments because that too can be used against you. It’s like a ghost from the past. Eventhough the law has just been passed and approved, your previous bad posts and comments can be an evidence against you. Under the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012, the "victims" and their lawyers "could use your old post to argue in court and you will be charged with online libel.

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5. Scenario number 5 is just the same as in Scenario number 1, but this time, you are talking bad about the dead person. So if you say:

Good thing that Mr ████████████████████ died already. When he was still alive, he facilitated ████████████████████ and ████████████████████ an all the drug lords ████████████████████ and ████████████████████████████████████████you Mr ----████████████████████, Go to████████████████████-.

If you are loathing against somebody who is dead, better burry it with him and do not post your sentiments on Facebook because it is against the Cybercrime Law.

What if I am guilty of one of the scenarios above? What is the penalty? Oh well, a maximum of 12 years in prison and a fine of maximum of P1,000,000.

All I can is, be careful. Social Media is not the same hideout anymore where we can brag, we can rant and we can say what we want. The Cybercrime Law is just like telling us that if we have nothing good to say about, you better shut up.

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