Don't post when you are emotional

Don't post when you are emotional
Blogger Cheryl Seow is still being attacked by netizens despite having apologised.

SINGAPORE - The Internet never forgets.

So think twice before posting something that others may find insensitive or incendiary.

This advice came from experts after a blogger's post from three years ago returned to haunt her. It resurfaced on sociopolitical website The Real Singapore and citizen journalism website Stomp.

Miss Cheryl Seow, a Malaysian-born Singapore permanent resident, was slammed by netizens for seemingly suggesting that Singaporeans should blame themselves for their "own poverty".

She apologised and said that her comment was aimed solely at a Singaporean who had slammed foreigners for using Singapore as their "playground".

But that did not stop netizens from attacking her.

When someone becomes the subject of an online lynching, it can get frightening and ugly.

And to avoid such undesirable situations, you need to be Internet-savvy, said Dr Michael Netzley, Singapore Management University's academic director of executive development.

"Most people don't understand that the Internet never forgets. What you post today could have long-term consequences," he said.

"You should not post when you are emotional or wish to react to something you saw online."

Professor Ang Peng Hwa, director at Singapore Internet Research Centre, said: "Based on research findings, people tend to interpret online statements more negatively.

"That's why there are such hate posts online. You have to understand that people are going to react differently as opposed to talking face-to-face to them."

Dr Netzley advised Internet users to be conscious of their online behaviour and comments.

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