Recent activities on the social media have raised certain questions such as whether the social media has usurped some of the functions of the courts and become a 21st century court of law. Events such as the rape allegation against a certain pastor of a certain church or the recent CCTV footage of a young senator physically assaulting a young lady in a sex store have raised a huge hurricane of reactions. In the case of the Rape allegation, the alleged victim rather than make a formal complaint to the appropriate authority and which may have ultimately led to a criminal charge ( not considering other possible legal restrictions), took her complaint to the social media; in the case of the young senator, which would have had both a criminal and a civil liability, no court was approached, yet these alleged offences were ‘tried’ by social media and the public outcry and condemnation from social media users caused the alleged perpetrators to either step down as in the case of the pastor or to be investigated as in the case of the young Senator. In the case of the Senator, it is claimed that the incident happened a while ago and was reported to the authorities yet nothing was done; no justice was served. However, upon the intervention of Social Media, the matter has been revisited by the authorities and the Senator was forced to make a public apology to whole country.
So these events beg the question: “Is justice now better served by Social Media?” lets have your thoughts in the comment section below
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