Myth 188 - Myth of anonymity
In the absence of legal provisions, netizens are not accountable to what they posted in cyberspace. And to take it one step further, just remain anonymous. Cyberspace thus becomes a lawless world for the irresponsible and those who are out to do mischief. This is far from the truth. Everyone in cyberspace is accountable for his actions and words. There is no escape unless one can really make his postings untraceable. Those who are still posting vicious and scandalous messages are only allowed to go free at the mercy of their intended victims. Once the wronged party decided it is enough, the net will be pulled in and the guilty is not going to get away. The arrest of the paedophiles that posted in crypted messages, twirled his image etc is a case in point. When the law is ready to haul you in, you will be in. No netizen can afford to be irresponsible and feel safe even in cases of libel and scandal. You cannot hide one day longer. It is a fallacy to claim that netizens feel safe to be irresponsible in cyberspace.