Persons might soon be penalised for sharing videos of students or minors participating in mischief such as fighting.
Premier Andrew Fahie gave that indication as he announced that amendments will be made to the territory’s existing cyber laws.
“What we want to do now is to prevent this ‘amen’ (negative videos of minors that circulate on social media locally) from being there and put in legislation that would start to discourage persons from sharing those kinds of videos with our young people and otherwise,” said Premier Fahie, who noted that those videos are immortalised once they are uploaded to the internet.
He added: “People will become more accountable for their actions and know to leave certain things alone.”
While speaking on public radio this week, Premier Fahie said these amendments to the territory’s cyber laws will not only be in relation to malicious video-sharers.
Fahie said the amendments are also to “beef up” the existing law so that “certain crimes which are being committed cybercrime-wise can be detected much faster”.
Education Minister Dr Natalio Wheatley was the first in the VIP administration to address the issue of improving local cyber laws — particularly as it relates to sharing videos of student fights and other forms of misconduct among minors.
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