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JCF reminds Jamaicans to use social media responsibly, within the law

Published:Thursday | March 16, 2017 | 1:32 PM

The Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) is reminding Jamaicans, including advocacy groups, that they should use social media responsible and in conformity with the law.

The JCF points out that there are several legislation which protect persons against the misuse and/or abuse by individuals who use social media. 

It cites the Cybercrimes Act, the Obscene Publications Act and the Offences against the Person Act.

The JCF emphasises that any misuse of social media could be dangerous and lead to distress and possible breaches of the law.

The JCF says while it notes the role of social media to disseminate information, users have a responsibility to use it lawfully. 

It says over time the JCF has grown increasingly concerned with child pornography, images of carcasses, videos of domestic violence, public mischief and false news being circulated on social media.

The Police have been facing criticisms from advocacy groups and their supporters over the arrest and charge of co-founder of advocacy group Tambourine Army, Latoya Nugent.

Nugent was charged on Tuesday with malicious use of computers under the Cybercrimes Act on allegations of complaints about alleged defamatory comments she made online about alleged sex abusers.

Tambourine Army has claimed that the charge is an attempt by the State to silence a human rights advocate who has dedicated her efforts to fighting for the rights of girls and woman.

It said her arrest sends a chilling statement to women who have suffered the trauma of sexual abuse and who are now willing to step forward and say the name of the perpetrators.