Johannesburg - Social media law experts have weighed in on the debate regarding the publication of excerpts of the conversation between Judge Mabel Jansen and social activist Gillian Schutte.
They argue people must be liable and face consequences for what they share on social media.
An electronic law specialist, Philipa Jane Farley, says there’s a phenomenon called the “online disinhibition effect”, which means people misbehave online and freely disclose information they should not otherwise be disclosing.
“They have little inhibition. When we're online, we cannot see the unspoken cues that people make, such as racist remarks or huge behaviour generalisations.