No plans for cyberbullying law: Vice Premier Chang
The government has no plans to promote legislation against cyberbullying, Vice Premier Simon Chang San-cheng ( ) said Tuesday, despite recent calls for such a law to be introduced.
The issue of cyberbullying has received widespread attention following the death of model and actress Cindy( )who committed suicide April 21 after attacks were launched against her on social media.
Some people have urged the government to introduce a law against cyberbullying to restrict online abuse.
When asked to comment on the issue, Chang said the government will not take such a step for the time being because doing so might involve the problem of restricting freedom of speech.
He noted that the Institute of Watch Internet Network (iWIN) has for years been handling complaints about Internet content harmful to children and is now also handling complaints about cyberbullying.
The Cabinet has also asked the Ministry of Justice to inform the public through iWIN about what legal action can be taken against cyberbullying, he said.
To strengthen regulation over the Internet, social media sites are encouraged to sign self discipline agreements against cyberbullying, he added.