We Are Against Cyber-Bullying
With the recent scandal about Zoey Raymond that has been going on the Internet for more than a week already, there was even a ANTI ZOE Raymond Facebook Page that purports to be supporting Yuki Ng but in actual fact, was used to slam Zoey Raymond. Alright, let us make this point clear. As we do not personally know Yuki Ng, Alvin Yang, or Zoey Raymond; there is absolutely no need for us to defend or accuse anybody. Yes, Yuki Ng may have been badly hurt by Alvin Yang and Zoey Ramoynd, and we all know that feeling of a shattered heart; especially for those of us whom have ever been in a relationship, but there is absolutely no need to incite hatred towards another individual that results in the behaviour of Cyber-Bullying.
The legal definition of Cyber-Bullying as given on Wikipedia is as follows:
Cyber-Bullying is defined in legal glossaries as:
- actions that use information and communication technologies to support deliberate, repeated, and hostile behavior by an individual or group, that is intended to harm another or others.
- use of communication technologies for the intention of harming another person
- use of internet service and mobile technologies such as web pages and discussion groups as well as instant messaging or SMS text messaging with the intention of harming another person.
Examples of what constitutes Cyber-Bullying include communications that seek to intimidate, control, manipulate, put down, falsely discredit, or humiliate the recipient. The actions are deliberate, repeated, and hostile behavior intended to harm another. A Cyber-Bully may be a person whom the target knows or an online stranger. A Cyber-Bully may be anonymous and may solicit involvement of other people online who do not even know the target. This is known as a 'digital pile-on.'
Although Singapore may not officially have laws that are specific to Cyber-Bullying, there are existing laws that can be applied against Cyber-Bullying and it may amount to criminal intimidation under the Penal Code, an offence which carries a penalty of imprisonment and/or a fine.
In a report by AsiaOne News, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Home Affairs Mr. Teo Chee Hean explained that offences such as extortion or insulting a woman's modesty could apply to Cyber-Bullying as well. In cases involving serious threats, such as threats to cause death or grievous hurt, the penalty is more severe, with a longer term of imprisonment. A victim of Cyber-Bullying may also obtain a civil injunction from the court to restrain the perpetrator.
So seriously, for those who slammed Zoey Raymond by creating an ANTI ZOE Raymond Facebook Page, we hope that the person whom created the page and the people whom were involved in the slamming would understand the consequences of Cyber-Bullying and that Zoey Raymond has every right to obtain a civil injunction from the court to restrain the perpetrators.
Anyways, as of now [1735 hours], the ANTI ZOE Raymond Facebook Page has been taken down temporarily and it is unclear whether any actions will be taken against those whom were involved in the act of Cyber-Bullying. We believe screenshots of the ANTI ZOE Raymond Facebook Page have been taken and those can be used as evidences against those whom were involved in the act of Cyber-Bullying.
With that being said, it seems that the group of people whom were involved might bring their laments and hatred to Zoey Raymond's Facebook Page and/or Yuki Ng's Facebook Page. If they [the group of people] slam Zoey Raymond on Zoey Raymond's Facebook Page, Zoey Raymond can inform the relevant authorities and action will be taken against them promptly. If they slam Zoey Raymond on Yuki Ng's Facebook Page; it might be possible that the relevant authorities will take action against not just the group of people but Yuki Ng as well. So, we really hope that everyone can sit down, reflect, and think rationally before inciting hatred and carrying out the act of Cyber-Bullying. If the group of people whom supports Yuki Ng are serious about encouraging and supporting Yuki Ng, we're pretty sure they would follow what Yuki Ng told her followers to do; that is, to resolve issues by communicating with wisdom and maturity, and not use harsh expletives against another individual.
So well, we hope that through this blog entry, we as Netizens can be more mature in the way we communicate and do things on the Internet.
Stay tuned to more updates from us!