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Cyber ​​Law FAQs – Does Free Speech Apply to the Internet?

While in the real world, most laws are clear to most people, it is often a very different case in the cyber (virtual) world, since websites can often be viewed as personal pages when In fact, they are legally considered as public websites. in some cases.

This means that anything that might offend in the real world could also offend if published anywhere on the Internet.

A good example of this is an increasing number of prosecutions related to publications on social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter, most of these related to content that has been considered offensive or threatening to others.

If you have doubts about what is acceptable to publish on that site, a good way is to consider whether a publication can offend if it is said in a megaphone in a crowded place and not publish it in the first place if the answer is likely to be yes.

However, this does not mean that people are not entitled to their own opinions on those sites, just that they should be careful about what they write online, rather than simply writing the first thing they can think of.

It is vital to know this in today's world, since a large number of people have the mistaken impression that just because they are using the Internet, they can do and say whatever they want.

This sometimes does not take into account the laws in force in your country, because although the Internet is an international system, the people who use it are still subject to the laws of their own countries while using it, and this is a point. Some people don't seem to consider or even know sometimes.

A particular example of this is court cases, which means that if something is subject to a confidentiality order, that issue should not be published on a social networking site more than it should be shared in the real world.

This is especially due to the fact that publications on social networking sites can often be disseminated much faster than anything published in a national newspaper and, therefore, can cause problems if people publish information deemed confidential or legally sensitive to an ongoing judicial case or investigation.

In general, I would say that freedom of expression is the same in the real world as in the cyber world, common sense seems to be the key element in both worlds.

Source by John A Courtenay