No plans for cy­ber­bul­ly­ing law: Vice Pre­mier Chang

The China Post - - LOCAL -

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.

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