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Are ‘trending’ victims less protected?

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ACCIDENTAL PUBLIC FIGURES (Clockwise) Robert Carabuena, Deniece Cornejo and Paula Salvosa shot to fame in a matter of days or mere hours because of the “going viral” phenomenon.

The rape case filed by Deniece Cornejo against actor Vhong Navarro elicited negative reactions from numerous netizens who posted blogs and comments with nasty remarks, like “Deniece is a prostitute,” “She’s delusional!” and “Deniece had plastic surgery.”

Posted: March 9th, 2014 in Inquirer Opinion,Talk of the Town | Read More »

Rest of iceberg

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Much of the online outrage that came in the wake of the Supreme Court decision in the landmark case of Disini v. Secretary of Justice was directed at the portion of the ruling upholding the constitutionality of Section 4(c)4 of the Cybercrime Prevention Act (Republic Act No. 10175)—the “cyberlibel” provision.

Posted: March 9th, 2014 in Inquirer Opinion,Talk of the Town | Read More »

A continuing threat

More than a year after oral arguments, the Supreme Court has voted to uphold almost all of the controversial Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012.

Posted: February 20th, 2014 in Editor's Pick,Editorial | Read More »

Calling Tito Sotto an idiot is no cybercrime

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The decision of the Supreme Court upholding much of the Cybercrime Prevention Act, including the online libel provision inserted by a now haughty Sen. Tito Sotto, has provoked countless panicked, confused responses.

Posted: February 20th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

DOJ punishes Facebook felonies

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Would you jail a 16-year-old girl for libel? Would you jail a 16-year-old girl for calling another girl “B-I-T-C-H,” “backstabber,” and “stupid f*ckin’ playin’ innocent” on Multiply.com? Our Court of Appeals and Department of Justice say yes.

Posted: February 7th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

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