Social Media Tool Of Crime and Platform For Justice
In today's era internet is a part of our life that has connected us with the
whole world. Through the internet/social media we came to know what is going
around us and all over the world. During a pandemic, the internet is a classroom
for students, an office for employees and also a tool of earning like network
marketing, social media marketing so on and so forth. Social media is a tool of
communication, a tool of gaining knowledge from different pages or groups but
also a tool of crime.
It has opened a new platform for criminals to harass, loot and intimidate other
social media users. Bullying is not a new word to us and also how it impacts the
victim's personality, image and so on. Bullying means the behaviour of a person
who hurts or frightens someone smaller or less powerful, often forcing that
person to do something they don't want to do.
Bullying and stalking are the forms of crimes sometimes we consider these two
the same thing but stalking is separately defined as the act of the following
someone very closely and watching its every move. And illegally following
someone over a while and intimidating or forcing someone to do anything is a
The rapidly Growing of the internet and usage of social media platforms like
Facebook, Instagram, Twitter opens a window for criminals to misuse these
platforms for their wrongful gain. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram is a most used
social media platform amongst adults around 80% plus of the total adult
population use these social media platforms. Usage of Social media is becoming a
daily routine for us we are wholly and solely dependent on it whether it's our
university/college work or office work.
Social media connects us with the whole world and has also overcome our stress
by funny videos which the content creators upload on their page or group. But
social media has a lot of demerits as I highlight above the traditional bullying
or stalking. In the world of the internet or social media cyberbullying or
cyberstalking has created havoc Cyberbullying threats among social media users.
Cyberbullying is a form of bullying but different from traditional bullying as
it takes place over digital devices like cell phones, computers, by using social
media sites and sharing negative or false content about someone else to harass,
intimidate or cause great harm to another. In India, almost 8 out of 10 faces
cyberbullying or cyberstalking by following on social media and sending messages
through chat rooms or email.
They try to bully them by sending crummy content and try to indulge them in
vulnerable activities and by the messages or video calls they intimidate them to
do this or abstains them to do, whatever they think is feasible for themselves,
and when the bullied think that the things are going unexpectedly then he/she
publishes that content on social media sites which goes viral within days and
that affects the bullies reputation, his image and to cope with it the victim
This type of cybercrime is at its peak, it's a tool for criminals to commit
serious crimes like blackmailing, harassment, and also murder by defaming his or
her reputation or we can call it abetment to suicide.
As the quote goes words scar, rumours destroy and bullies kill. But
unfortunately in India, there is no specific law for cyberbullying or
cyberstalking but these come under some provisions of the indian penal code like
sections 499, 292A, 354A, 354D, 507 and 509. The aforesaid sections of the
Indian penal code are not completely compiled with cyberstalking or
cyberbullying but to some extent, it can be brought under these sections.
Besides the Indian penal code, some provisions of the IT Act 2000 deals with
cyberstalking or cyberbullying.
The growing use of social media sites as we see the youths are becoming social
media devotees which are not stupendous for society, A proper and separate legal
framework is needed which will deal with crimes related to social media to
scrutinize criminals and it shouldn't procrastinate, otherwise, it will thrive
and will become more dangerous. Social media is alluring both the boys and girls
and the demerits of it are egregious for everyone.
Besides the dark side of social media which is a tool of crime for criminals,
social media also plays a vital role in enhancing useful knowledge and in
spotlighting the issues. In India, we have seen a lot of instances where social
media revealed the facts and the issues got viral through hashtags and the
demand or requirement of people reaches higher authorities. Last year the zomato
case got viral on social media where the girl tries to defame the pizza boy but
with the shreds of evidence which also got viral on social media and give some
relief to the pizza boy.
Recently another case went viral in which a girl was beating a cab driver
cruelly and try to defame the cab driver but with the use of social media, the
reality came into forth. Social media is like a platform for justice, where
feminists try to create havoc amongst youths social media sites reveals the
In conclusion, my opinion is, social media is both perilous and important, it is
now on us how to use it. It should be used appropriately and in chatting rooms/
messengers proper measures should be taken while talking with unknown persons
because no one is aware of the true intention of the said unknown person, it
Maybe your enemy or it maybe a gang of criminals. Furthermore, a proper legal
frame work is needed and a separate act should be introduced which will deal
with crimes related to social media.
Written By: Suhaib Rafi Mir is Pursuing Law at School of Law, University
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