Independent Online, 6 November 2017, Georgina Crouth
If you wouldn’t put it up on a billboard on the N1 or M3, don’t put it up on social media. That’s the message to consumers of social media from Taryn Hinton, legal adviser and co-ordinator of Media Monitoring Africa’s Reporting on Children in the Media course.
“People seem to think there’s a different set of rules that apply online. If you defame someone online, it’s the same as in print but you are more likely to reach a far broader audience on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter. There’s no such thing as anonymity – you’re always able to be tracked. Once it’s out there, it’s been seen and it can be shared, reposted or screen-grabbed.”