Social media users need to be extra careful as the recently passed Evidence (Amendment) (No 2) Act 2012 can cause you great harm.
The amended law cites that internet users are held liable for any content posted through their registered networks or data processing devices.
The Sun paper said that under section 114A, it is stated:
– a person whose name, photograph or pseudonym appears on any publication depicting himself as the owner, host, administrator, editor or sub-editor, or who in any manner facilitates to publish or re-publish the publication is presumed to have published or re-published the contents of the publication unless the contrary is proved.
– a person who is registered with a network service provider as a subscriber of a network service on which any publication originates from is presumed to be the person who published or re-published the publication unless the contrary is proved.
– Any person who has in his custody or control any computer on which any publication originates from is presumed to have published or re-published the content of the publication unless the contrary is proved. (Computer here means any data processing device, including tablets, laptops and mobile phones.)
The newspaper also broke down the details in the following terms for better understanding:
-If an anonymous person posts content said to be offensive on your Facebook wall, or if someone piggybacks your WiFi account and uploads a controversial document, you will be immediately deemed the publisher of the content and subject to prosecution under the relevant laws such as the Sedition Act.
-if a person starts a blog in your name and publishes content that is red-flagged, you will be considered the publisher unless you can prove otherwise.
The new amendments which do not favour social media users was passed in the parliament with little objection from both sides of the political divide.