May libel pa! Data privacy expert warns public to be careful online
Arellano University School of Law professor Mars Arias has a word of caution for those who are always active online.
Because libel is still a crime in the Philippines, the abogado reminded his followers to be careful of the messages they send in social media, since libel through a computer system or any other similar means exist as well.
“Be careful of what you ‘say’ in group chats in social media and other messaging apps as you may be held liable for cyber libel under R.A. 10175 or the Cybercrime Law,” he said on Twitter.
Be careful of what you “say” in group chats in social media and other messaging apps as you may be held liable for cyber libel under R.A. 10175 or the Cybercrime Law. @thecorpusjuris @LawStdntsofMNL @diaryniATTY @lawstudentsPH @Abogado_PH pic.twitter.com/aXhbo2aYG9
— Atty. A. (@mars_arias) February 20, 2018
In 2012, however, the United Nations Human Rights Committe ruled that the Philippine libel law was inconsistent with Article 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.
Libel has yet to be decriminalized, so ingat pa rin, mga bes!