Don't take freedom of expression too far online

Social media has enabled more people to express their views on politics, human rights and other issues, sometimes controversial ones (When social media is not very sociable; March 19).

Freedom of expression on social media, when taken too far, may lead to the espousing of extremist views.

This may spread bigotry, fascism and intolerance.

With the rapid advent of technology and the widespread use of mobile devices and the Internet, it seems as if social media has taken over our lives.

Singaporeans use mobile devices every day and spend a lot of time on social media.

We are now more susceptible to influences from cyberspace and its impact than ever before.

The darker side of cyberspace shows the foul, morbid side of humanity.

We must keep in mind that what we type and post online is ultimately a reflection of ourselves, what we stand for, and the world we live in.

Social media is an extraordinarily powerful platform for us to express our opinions and views.

While having firm stands and articulating one's thoughts are extremely important, we must never forget to be sensitive to those around us.

Ng Yi Qing (Miss)

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 24, 2017, with the headline 'Don't take freedom of expression too far online'. Print Edition | Subscribe