Web users warned about legal action

Internet users have been warned that they could face legal action if they broke the law when using...

Social networking site Facebook. Picture: Taurai Maduna/Eyewitness News

Internet users have been warned that they could face legal action if they broke the law when using online social-networking sites.

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The man was charged with crimen injuria, a criminal offence committed when a person deliberately injures another person’s reputation.

Web and digital media lawyer Paul Jacobson said the same laws applied offline and online.

“As more people use services like Facebook they start to become aware that things that are said on Facebook have the same kind of impact and perhaps even more severe impact than they would offline."