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Food for Thought: Do You Need to Share that “Scandal Video”?

Food for Thought: Do You Need to Share that “Scandal Video”?

Understandably, we get so excited learning that a “scandal video” of a known personality is out, widely published and shared on the Internet, and quite even more viral on social media.

And, we are satisfied to actually view it, thinking we have made mincemeat of the “competition” in the wild scramble to see what it was all about. And, eventually, feel to have the “power” over that embattled personality in making further damage—that is actually sharing it to your circles as well.

This vicious power is traced to the originator of the carnage—a so-called thief of the personality’s data from gadgets or computers that they lost, or worse their so-called friends or loved ones they entrusted these private videos with—who surely made lives upside down with just a click, a touch or a swipe of a gadget screen.

Happy?

Now that it’s out there, are we happy now that we’ve discovered it, viewed it, and shared it, and, think of ourselves as moral heroes exposing the erstwhile esteemed celebrity’s most awful sins? Do we feel fulfilled knowing that these celebrities aren’t who we think they are?

For these people, it is surely a fantastic feat proving their resourcefulness, tech savviness, and moral uprightness. But isn’t it something even worse than the actual scandal itself—that we pry too much on the private lives of individuals like vultures awaiting the victim’s carcass or out to destroy the reputation of people just like ruthless assassins on the prowl.

And, current tech innovations have made it even easier to consummate. A simple Facebook search will have that brazen scandalous show available anytime anywhere to anyone, even to an 8-year-old who just heard about it in a gossip session with family over dinner. This shows how fast technology is making our lives an open book, or worse a playing video seen anywhere in the world, without us even knowing.

Vicious crime

That’s even scarier, when prying on private lives becomes an ordinary, acceptable activity and even commendable as “Ang galing! Napanood mo na?” In this case, isn’t such sharing actually more of a crime against the person being exposed rather than a “commendation” for the originator or sharer of the scandal video?

Isn't it more of destroying the personalities being exposed rather than pushing this so-called “advocacy” to inform the public to steer clear of such people doing dastardly acts. Isn't it more of a vicious crime than a helpful expose?

Republic Act 9995

Under Philippine jurisprudence, it’s definitely a crime. Republic Act No. 9995 or the Anti-Photo and Video Voyeurism Act of 2009 prohibits the creation and sharing of photos and videos of individuals performing private activities, such as sexual acts.

Under Section 4, it is unlawful to:

(a) To take photo or video coverage of a person or group of persons performing sexual act or any similar activity or to capture an image of the private area of a person/s such as the naked or undergarment clad genitals, public area, buttocks or female breast without the consent of the person/s involved and under circumstances in which the person/s has/have a reasonable expectation of privacy;

(b) To copy or reproduce, or to cause to be copied or reproduced, such photo or video or recording of sexual act or any similar activity with or without consideration;

(c) To sell or distribute, or cause to be sold or distributed, such photo or video or recording of sexual act, whether it be the original copy or reproduction thereof; or

(d) To publish or broadcast, or cause to be published or broadcast, whether in print or broadcast media, or show or exhibit the photo or video coverage or recordings of such sexual act or any similar activity through VCD/DVD, internet, cellular phones and other similar means or device.

Those found guilty will face 1-3 years imprisonment and a P100,000-P300,000 fine.

What to do

Is that video so provocative and scandalous, you’d want to do something about it? Please don’t upload, hit like or worse, share.

You can view it and have a totally different impression on the person or persons you are watching.

But ultimately, respect for one’s individuality and privacy is paramount.

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