Guilty as shared, Jan 11

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - R.AGE -

A set of pho­tos ac­cus­ing a 13-year-old boy of at­tempted rape went viral on Face­book, com­plete with the boy’s full name, home ad­dress and MyKad num­ber even though the boy was ob­vi­ously a mi­nor, and the case was com­pletely un­ver­i­fied at the time. Our ques­tion was whether this mob men­tal­ity Malaysians had on so­cial me­dia was get­ting out of hand. One user had even com­mented on the pho­tos ask­ing peo­ple to ha­rass the boy’s fam­ily. Dig­i­tal me­dia con­sul­tant Niki Cheong said at the time: “Peo­ple are not aware of the laws. Pro­tect­ing the iden­tity of mi­nors, for in­stance, is some­thing jour­nal­ists are fa­mil­iar with. But now ev­ery­one is a pub­lisher, but not ev­ery­one is equipped with this ed­u­ca­tion or knowl­edge.”

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