Cybercrime Prevention Act soon in effect; Retweets may be tagged libelous, warns solicitor general

ABS-CBNNews.com reports that according to Solicitor General Francis Jardeleza, under Republic Act No. 10175 or the Cybercrime Prevention Act, reposting or retweeting defamatory content may send you to prison.

ABS-CBNNews.com reports that according to Solicitor General Francis Jardeleza, under Republic Act No. 10175  or the Cybercrime Prevention Act, reposting or retweeting defamatory content may send you to prison. For the record, the much-contested law is under a temporary restraining order (TRO) until February 5. Petitioners are hoping that the TRO will be extended.

 

Then, when he was grilled by Supreme Court magistrates, Jardeleza added an explanation that’s enough to scare anyone with a social media account. Jardeleza pointed out: "A ’Like’ is an approval of opinion. The approval of the opinion ’Jones is a liar’ can cause as much damage as actually saying ’Jones is a liar.’"

 

The report revealed that 68-year-old Associate Justice Roberto Abad, who will write the decision on the case, called the law "bad." Abad, who admitted that he has a Facebook account, said, "If ’Liking’ a post considered libelous is also libelous, then this law is bad. It can have chilling effect for those of us who like opinions, which we didn’t author in the first place."

 

The report added that "other SC justices questioned the constitutionality of online libel provision in Section 4 (c) of the cybercrime law."

 

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