Facing Online Bullying with Dotweblabs
Bullying comes in different forms, and with technology continuously evolving people are also getting bullied online. Yes, everyone and anyone can and has been a victim of online bullying, and this form of bullying can also lead to scenarios in where legal charges can be filed against the perpetrator.
Dotweblabs is one of those unfortunate ones that has been a victim of a Cyber Bullying. There are different types of online bullying, but in this case they were faced with Online Libel.
Libel is a published false statement that is damaging to a person’s reputation; a written defamation. In this case, this person has published a post. It’s a simple post in facebook, no harm in that. But it is the instructions within that post that has intentions to defame the reputation of the company, masked as a simple raffle post for a DOTA Game.
The post requires those interested individuals to either; give a 1 star review to the page, do a HAHA reaction to a post or report the Official Dotweblabs Facebook page as a Scam.
This post has been seen and reached thousands of students, and knowing the DOTA game is popular among the students everyone willfully joined in. This shows that some people are either naive to the consequences of their actions or they simple don’t really care. But can we only blame the person who initiated this act?
The numbers of fake reviewers and reactors piled up, which might be a good thing for them because their chances are increasing to win this raffle draw for a DOTA game. But the affected one, Dotweblabs Web Technologies, are also gaining a bad reputation because of the negative views and comments on their Facebook Page which was purposely done so.
Therefore, co-founder of Dotweblabs, Mrs. Jane Martino, took all these screenshots and as a company that runs online was able to find the root cause of these awful works against their company. And because of these, and after a number of interviews from the willing participants they were able to find and reach out to the initial person who posted this Facebook Raffle Post.
Apparently the Facebook Profile user was unaware that his friend, who was the real culprit, was only using his profile as an upfront so as to conceal his real identity.
With all the gathered information and data Mrs. Martino has, she can easily file an online libel case against those contributing to these awful acts. And a lesson learnt for those involved, because you can’t trust no one and you can’t just do whatever you want online without having consequences after you.
The online world is a vast and dangerous place. Think before you believe such posts online, and never share your online details to anyone and most importantly do not be afraid to stand up and know your rights online. Therefore, the reason as to why Dotweblabs Web Technologies wanting to share this online to spread awareness about the danger possibilities anyone can face online.
Be Aware and know your rights.
The cybercrime law. Republic Act №10175, or the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012, was signed into law by President Aquino on Sept. 12, 2012. Its original goal was to penalize acts like cybersex, child pornography,identity theft and unsolicited electronic communication in the country.
Listed below are applicable according to the acts done against Dotweblabs Web Technologies;
Punishable Acts and Penalties
Section 4. Cybercrime Offenses. — The following acts constitute the offense of core cybercrime punishable under the Act:
B. Computer-related Offenses, which shall be punished with imprisonment of prision mayor, or a fine of at least Two Hundred Thousand Pesos (P200,000.00) up to a maximum amount commensurate to the damage incurred, or both, are as follows:
3. Computer-related Identity Theft — The intentional acquisition, use, misuse, transfer, possession, alteration or deletion of identifying information belonging to another, whether natural or juridical, without right: Provided, That if no damage has yet been caused, the penalty imposable shall be one (1) degree lower.
Section 5. Other Cybercrimes. — The following constitute other cybercrime offenses punishable under the Act:
3. Libel — The unlawful or prohibited acts of libel, as defined in Article 355 of the Revised Penal Code, as amended, committed through a computer system or any other similar means which may be devised in the future shall be punished with prision correccional in its maximum period to prision mayor in its minimum period or a fine ranging from Six Thousand Pesos (P6,000.00) up to the maximum amount determined by Court, or both, in addition to the civil action which may be brought by the offended party: Provided, That this provision applies only to the original author of the post or online libel, and not to others who simply receive the post and react to it.
4. Other offenses — The following acts shall also constitute an offense which shall be punished with imprisonment of one (1) degree lower than that of the prescribed penalty for the offense, or a fine of at least One Hundred Thousand Pesos (P100,000.00) but not exceeding Five Hundred Thousand Pesos (P500,000.00), or both:
A. Aiding or Abetting in the Commission of Cybercrime. — Any person who willfully abets, aids, or financially benefits in the commission of any of the offenses enumerated in the Act shall be held liable, except with respect to Sections 4(c)(2) on Child Pornography and 4(c)(4) on online Libel.
B. Attempt to Commit Cybercrime. — Any person who willfully attempts to commit any of the offenses enumerated in the Act shall be held liable, except with respect to Sections 4(c)(2) on Child Pornography and 4(c)(4) on online Libel.