By now, everyone should already know the power of social media: all it takes is just one wrong post online and you’ll face the wrath of the Internet that could be even worse than being in prison.
While one might not have committed hideous crimes other than airing their views online, the shame could really destroy one’s life.
As we mature on the Internet, let’s look back on the victims of social media in Singapore. Whether they deserve it or not isn’t the question now: the question now is, how is this new phenomenon going to end, if it is even going to be?
Let’s leave the best for the first. Jover Chew came into the limelight after a video of a Vietnam tourist begging for his money back, on his knees, went viral, when one of Jover’s employees “cheated” the tourist of his money in a mobile phone shop.
Not only was Jover forced to close his shop, his past unethical acts were revealed and he’s now in prison.
Who can ever forget him? He’s like the first person who is punished by social media. What he did was simple: he called Singaporeans dogs.
As a Chinese MOE scholar, he has since been fined $3,000 and performed three months of community service. But at least he did the correct thing after that, even when he was the first in this: he apologised.
It was a spur of angry that made her infamous: after a racist comment online about Malay weddings, she became famous overnight.
An Australia citizen and a Singapore PR, she was fired from her job and went back to Australia as she could not take the heat, even when she was merely given a stern warning by the police for her actions.
It’s really shocking when Neo simply post an image, wrote a racist remark and thought that it was funny.
It was, according to him, “posted out of a moment’s folly”. But nevertheless, kudos to him for making an apology after the incident and seeking for forgiveness from the public.
If there’s a case study of what not to do after being a victim of online shaming, here’s one. Anton Casey made an insensitive remark about poor people in Singapore, mocking them, and guess what he did after that?
He got a PR firm to apologise on his behalf.
Now, how sincere is that? Must be very, since he apparently spent real money to craft out an apology? No?
Lavastone Steakhouse’s owner
A “saga” that we, no doubt, remember, it all occurred when Mothership.sg showed Singaporeans how its owner had responded defensively against people who had written bad reviews about his restaurant.
To make things even worse, the owner dug out images of these reviewers. The consequences? Well, more and more bad reviews—even when these people haven’t been to the restaurant.
Zhen Hao Quek
After he was caught being a serial road bully online through various in-car camera footages, his details were exposed online and he got so depressed that he did the oh-so-unpredictable feat: he posted a video online, talking about online bullying and then apologising.
Eventually, he was disqualified from driving for two years.
A few influencers from Gushcloud
After Xiaxue exposed that some influencers had apparently received instructions to put down M1 and StarHub so as to promote a SingTel plan, all hell broke loose for these influencers.
Some apologised, some held to their views and some kept quiet. And some became so quiet that they might have quit “influencing” altogether.
Wee Shu Min
A pretty old case that occurred primarily in blogs than in Facebook, Ms Wee posted a rather insensitive remark about elitism in Singapore.
While it could have been the “brutal truth”, it just didn’t go well with Singaporeans, especially with her now popular phrase: “get out of my elite uncaring face.” Unfortunately, about ten years has passed, and elitism still exists in Singapore.
Ello Ed Mundsel Bello
It’s pretty uncommon when a foreigner makes a xenophobic comment, so when Ello made that comment on Facebook, it caught everyone’s attention.
The worst is that he then told the police that his Facebook account was hacked—which turned out to be untrue. For those offences, he was sentenced to four months’ jail.
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