Internet users irate with retweet, 'like' libel

by Jojo Malig, ABS-CBNnews.com

Posted at Sep 28 2012 10:12 PM | Updated as of Sep 29 2012 06:37 AM

Internet users have expressed anger, surprise and bewilderment over the libel clause of the anti-cybercrime law that may allow lawsuits over retweets and Facebook likes and recommendations.

Social media websites such as Twitter, Facebook, and Tumblr allow people to republish Internet posts.

Twitter has a retweet feature, Tumblr users can reblog, while Facebook's "like" and "recommend" buttons allow content from other sites to be republished on a person's feed or timeline that can be viewed by that person's followers.

Under the Revised Penal Code, lawsuits can be brought against people who republish libelous statements.

The libel clause of the anti-cybercrime law or Republic Act 10175 punishes Internet libel one degree higher, or with a longer prison term and with no possibility of parole. One can also be sued again for the same offense in a separate trial, according to the law signed by President Benigno Aquino.

Here are some of the reactions of people on libel over retweets and "likes."