Online Comments Could Land You In Jail!

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The social media, the world over has provided individuals with the opportunity to express themselves. Unlike real life situations where social etiquette and manners are largely restrictive and limiting, people tend to have a greater sense of freedom in expressing their interests, feelings, ideas, views and opinions on social media.

While browsing the comment sections of some news websites, blogs, forums and discussion groups, one often stumbles on touchy comments or reactions by online readers whenever they feel disenchanted by the subject of a certain news story.

For example, Jonathan’s adventure and engagement with Nigerians on Facebook has made him one of the most insulted personalities on the social network. Many Nigerians who object to his policies have taken advantage of the social media to continually criticise and hurl insults and abuses at him at every opportunity.

Besides, despite Facebook’s Statement of Rights and Responsibilities, which clearly warns users to  respect the rights of other people and to avoid posting content or taking any action on Facebook that infringes or violates someone else’s rights, it is common to see some people commit slander, spread lies or use lewd and profane languages to hurt others.

It is so easy for someone to upload a video on YouTube, start a group on Facebook, tweet a statement on Twitter or open a blog and start writing to attack another person’s reputation. The spontaneity with which messages go viral on the Internet further complicates matters.

However, legal experts in Nigeria warn that social media users who engage in the act of damaging people’s reputation need to retrace their steps.

According to them, the absence of a comprehensive law in the country, since Nigeria has yet to have specific laws addressing slander committed via social networks, should not be seen as providing a leeway for citizens to engage in such despicable acts.

They argue that the Evidence Act as amended in 2011 makes provision for the admissibility of computer generated evidence to prove such cases in the law court.

Naij

2 COMMENTS

  1. IF WE SEE THE TRUTH WE SHOULD KEEP OUR MOUTH SHOT THEN !!! IF THE PRESIDENT OR ANYONE FOR THAT MATTER IS NOT FEAR AND JUST IN THE WAY NIGERIANS ARE TREATED , DO YOU EXPECT NIGERIANS TO KEEP QUITE?
    IF ANYONE OR LEADER WANTS TO BE RESPECTED, HE OR SHE NEEDS TO SHOW SAME TO THE COMMON MAN, THE LESS PRIVILEGED CITIZENS AND EVEN THOSE THAT ARE PRIVILEGED BUT FEEL THREATENED TO AIR THE TRUTH.
    IF THE GOVERNMENT LACKS THE APPROPRIATE AVENUE TO LISTEN TO THE COMPLAINS FROM THE COMMON MAN, DO YOU WANT THE CITIZEN TO GO AND HANG HIM/HERSELF. INTERNET IS THE ONLY WAY THE COMMON MAN CAN EXPRESS HIM/HERSELF, BECAUSE EVEN THE SO CALLED ACTIVIST WE HAVE ARE JUST AFTER MONEY.
    IF THE GOVERNMENT DOES THE RIGHT THING, NO CITIZEN WILL DEER TO INSULT OR EVEN POST SLANDEROUS COMMENTS ONLINE.

    VOICE NIGERIA

  2. Wow,it sounds so ok,but is not.You eat good food,sleep under A.C,drive good cars while 39 percent of nigerians have nothing to eat,everything is costly and money embazzlement is everywhere and you espect us to keep quit?where the activists have no power.I agree that no one is to criticize Mr.President,like it or not he still remain the President.Mr.president was with the poors,he knows in and out of the poors,it was him and the late President that we were hoping for new revolution.but the former is no more May his soul rest in perfect peace.Ameen.In conclusion what Nigeria wants at this current situation is prayer(s),anything apart from that can only worse the situation.Fasting period is fast approaching my fellow muslim and christian brothers and sisters Nigeria need prayer.Only God can solve the current situation.Thank you!!!

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