With this new law, bashing somebody on Facebook can send you to jail for 6 years

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With this new law, bashing somebody on Facebook can send you to jail for 6 years

FOND of making rude, insulting comments against somebody on Facebook and other social media networks? Better start breaking the habit as "cyberbullying" will soon become a criminal offense.

According to a news article from Sun Star, Camarines Sur Representative Rolando Andaya Jr. filed House Bill 5718 to make accountable persons who make insulting and defamatory posts online against another individual.

Under the proposed law, a penalty of P50,000 but not more than P100,000 and imprisonment of not less than six months but not more than six years, or both, shall be meted upon any person found guilty of cyber-bullying.

Andaya said cyber-bullying is a problem generated from the advancement of technology and it has the potential to affect not only school-age children but also any individual who can access a mobile phone or the Internet.

"The onset of the internet has shattered world barriers empowering users with immense information and allowed them to be socially connected to virtually anybody around the globe in the comfort of their own homes," said Andaya.

HB 5718, shall prohibit the following:

  • acts of cruelty committed using the internet or any form of electronic media or technology that has the effect of stripping one's dignity or causing reasonable fear or physical or emotional harm such as, but not limited to, the repeatedly sending offensive, rude and insulting message;
  • distributing of derogatory information about the victim;
  • posting or sending offensive photos of the victim, whether these are digitally altered or not, or were taken with or without consent, with the intention to humiliate and embarrass the victim; and
  • breaking into an email, social networking or any electronic account and using the victim's virtual identity to send, upload or distribute embarrassing materials to or about others.

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