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Title: Like, Share and… Prosecute? Social media as a mediating factor for prosecutorial discretion
Authors: Foo, Chester Wei Shen
Toh, Kah Yin
Wong, Ken Loong
Keywords: Social sciences::Sociology::Social elements, forces, laws
Social sciences::Sociology::Social institutions
Issue Date: 2020
Publisher: Nanyang Technological University
Project: HSb19_34
Abstract: This paper analyses the relationship between prosecutors and social media by conducting interviews with legal practitioners from the state, Subject Matter Experts, and the public. We found the Attorney-General Chambers to be dismissive of social media, believing it to have weak validity and reliability, thus unable to represent public opinion. On the contrary, interviews with the general public and social media activists reveal that social media is useful for sharing information, to incite social change and as a reflection of public opinion, although they agree that there can be problems of representation and polarisation with social media. We argue for the importance of public opinion and suggest that social media has become a mediating factor in prosecutorial discretion and the deliberations on crime and punishment. We conclude that by exchanging information between the state and public, social media can become a powerful platform for civil discourse and informing prosecutorial discretion.
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