Facebook and Twitter could get you some serious jail time.

By: Tatum-Lee Louw

Are you one of those people who love posting before and after semi nudes on Facebook or Twitter? From bikini shots to transparent shorts, You could be charged with committing a criminal offense.Misuse of your favorite social media sites could get you in some  serious trouble. Facebook and Twitter have put in place new regulations which will soon be in effect. These regulations are particularly aimed at restricting the posting of sexual content online and minimizing hate speech.


Here are a few more crimes , you may be committing unintentionally, but are punishable by law.


  1. Multiple account abuse

Hiding your real identity on the internet is commonplace and putting in fake details happens worldwide so people can have fun in places, However you may not have multiple accounts on Facebook or Twitter , with overlapping uses.  Especially if your account has been suspended or banned. It is a criminal offense and ‘good faith’ won’t get you out of this one. . If you are ‘Adam’ please don’t create an account called ‘Eve’ to spy on your crush. Not only does Facebook and Twitter think this is creepy , but so does the police.


  1. Impersonation.

You may not pretend to be someone else or post something in someone’s name claiming to be them. Doing this means that you are infringing on someone else’s identity. It not only may cause damage to the person reputation , but it is considered intentional and morally improper. Ladies quit replying to your boyfriends messages in his name and vice versa. You may be stuck in a jail cell without him/her.


3.Privacy info

Please people, you may not post your friends numbers or email addresses in the comment section. You also cannot post them on other people’s walls , without permission. That information is private and if anyone asks. This should be your response , “I’ll ask him/her if it is okay and then get back to you”.  This not only a common practice BUT it is punishable. So be careful , before the only contact details you have , is the department of correctional services.


4.Intellectual Property

No this is not obvious. Listen! This does not only apply to academic essays and books! You cannot quote  or post three lines of Shakespeare’s poems and place your name at the bottom of it. You must reference. Whether  Zuma said it or Martin Luther King. Plagiarism is considered theft. Besides most of the time , we know you didn’t say it anyway.

5.Promotions and competition

To the budding entrepreneurs, I feel you on this one. Sadly, you cannot run any sort of competition on your Facebook or Twitter page using facebook or Twitter’s features. Basically ‘ Like our page and share on your timeline’ is illegal. You need to use either another app to do this via Facebook , especially or create a custom page. Better to follow the rules then end up incarcerated and broke


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