Conduct unbecoming : Freedom of speech is not a cover for uncivilised speech by the anonymous

‘Although we cannot dictate the conduct of netizens, surely we can expect some grace and civility from them in cyberspace (‘Online code of conduct? ‘No thanks’; last Saturday)?

While I am all for freedom of speech, I abhor the use of vulgarities by some netizens. We can be civil to those whom we disagree with, and be critical of their viewpoints – but being in cyberspace does not give one the right to use offensive language.

Website editors should constantly monitor and remove such offending posts.

Freedom of speech is not a cover for uncivilised speech by the anonymous.

Speech as spoken by the identifiable is freedom of speech.

Irresponsible netizens expressing their otherwise unprintable messages give the Government more reason to rein them in through a code of conduct as a form of control. The Internet should be left alone. Younger Singaporeans are a computer-savvy generation and the Government should respect their expectation of a free and accessible platform to air their views.’

MR LIN HOWARD
The Straits Times, Forum. Published on May 3, 2012 

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