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Forbidden repost: How someone else's problems can become yours
Friday, April 8, 2016
A repost is when you copy an original post (text) located on any social networking, mass-media or private website—with or without attribution. In other words, a repost is YOUR message containing a quotation from someone else's text.
Even if you did not add a word of your own to the reposted information—i.e. you did not express your opinion of the quoted material— this does not absolve you from being responsible for its contents.
You are responsible when you publish information that could be considered illegal: an incitement to ethnic hatred, calls for extremist activity, slander, defamation, etc.
Spamming is an example of an illegal business. And there exist "advanced" versions of it: SMiShing (spam via SMS), splogging (spam in blogs), spam on notice boards and on news agency and other sites, spiming (spam in messengers), spiting (spam in programs for IP telephony), and many others (we'll cover those in other publications).
For example: The authorities are unlikely to find a spammer who has launched, via an information channel, a mailing that slanders his customer's competitors or calls for the mailing’s recipients to gather at an unsanctioned rally—that spammer has gone to painstaking measures to ensure his anonymity. But, if you receive the spammer’s message and send it (repost it in an SMS) to the contacts in your address book, you will be found by your mobile phone number. If you quote spam from a blog, you will be found through your Internet service provider.
The Anti-virus Times recommends
Be careful posting information of unknown origins on your site:
- Your lack of sharing your opinion about the information YOU reposted does not absolve YOU from spreading it.
- Even if you delete the repost, but its presence gets recorded by law enforcement agencies, you can be held responsible.
- The punishment can range from a fine to imprisonment—it depends on the content of YOUR repost.
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