Be careful what you like

So now we have it too, the first court decision: Liking a post that insults another person from his point of view can lead to the fact that not only the one who wrote the commentary is condemned but also the person who liked it. In this case the convicted person has to pay 4000 francs. The Zurich court judged the “like” to be an affirmative or “positive” statement, with which the defendant showed that he agreed with the content of the statement, which in this case was defamatory. We would never have thought that: A “like” has positive meaning! So far, we’d thought that there were only ironic likes or those that expressed how happy you were that the other person had (finally) posted something again. That is now made clear once and for all. Fortunately, the like “options” have evolved in most channels in the meantime, so that the feelings and opinions about a post can be marked much more differentiated than just giving the thumbs up. We still waver in our feelings towards the court decision between the emojis “tears of joy”, “screaming with fear” and “crying strongly”. Therefore, from our point of view, the like spectrum has to be changed so that we don’t have to choose an emoticon on Facebook. With Whatsapp, for instance, we can put almost our complete emotional repertoire into a message with words and “commenting” emojis. And for ironically meant emoticon use, a (different) color could be defined, such as purple. This is my favorite color (no irony here!).


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