Is It Illegal to Threaten to Beat Someone Up on Facebook?

Last updated on October 5, 2018


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While it’s a-okay to pick fights in online games, it’s actually illegal to threaten to beat someone up over the internet! (ง •̀_•́)ง – If you threaten to inflict injury to another person, or threaten to damage their property with the intention of causing alarm to them or to compel them to do (or not do) something, you’d be committing the offence of criminal intimidation under the Penal Code. Criminal intimidation is punishable with a jail term of no longer than 2 years, a fine, or both. – Since people who make online threats of this nature are typically keyboard warriors who are all bark and no bite, the authorities may not necessarily take action against them. However, you might want to alert them if you think there’s a real risk of you getting hurt, or if you’re constantly being threatened into doing something. Otherwise, don’t bother with a retort, just block and report! 🤧👌 #SingaporeLegalAdvice

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Threats of bodily harm and physical violence can land one in hot soup, so watch what you say or type over the internet.

Pursuant to section 503 of the Penal Code, whoever threatens to either inflict injury to another person or damage his property with an intention to cause alarm to the victim, or to compel the victim to do something (or not do something), commits the offence of criminal intimidation.

For example, jilted lover Peter threatens to give the third-party a “one time good one” – in other words, a good walloping. He types this message on the third-party’s Facebook wall. Peter is probably guilty of criminal intimidation.

However, seeing how such cases are so prevalent nowadays given the ubiquity of blogs and social media, and coupled with the typical tender ages of their users, it is likely that not all such cases will be assiduously prosecuted by the authorities unless there is sufficient concern to do so.

Pursuant to section 506 of the Penal Code, criminal intimidation (involving threats of physical violence) is punishable with a jail term of up to 2 years, or a fine, or both.

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