Watch your words on social media: Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998

Section 233(1)(a) of the Communications and Multimedia Act (CMA) 1998 criminalises “the improper use of network facilities or services”. Basically, you might get yourself into trouble for posting anything (ie: remarks, comments, pictures, videos, signs) which are false, obscene, indecent, offensive in the Internet with the intent to annoy, harass, abuse or threaten any person.” The person could be anyone, from lay people like you and me, to political figures and members of the royal families. S.233(1)(a) CMA covers one-to-one communication, group chat, public posting and any other interactions using the social media (ie: Facebook, Twitter, Blog and even Whatapps) – there is no limitations on how a person could be charged.

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