Tell it to SunStar: There’s no justice in social media

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The truth must be heard. But the truth, it seemed, was not heard in the Depp-Heard jury trial in the US on account of online bashing and foolery.

I can only sympathize with actress Amber Heard—an angel-faced fighter for women’s rights who is as an ambassador for the American Civil Liberties Union—for having lost the libel case lodged against her by estranged husband, actor Johnny Depp, due to her opinion article that promoted the rights of women wherein she partly mentioned about the marital abuse she herself had suffered at the hands of the man who should’ve loved and protected her.

Heard was discreet enough that she did not even identify Depp in the said piece published by The Washington Post. She merely described herself as a “public figure representing domestic abuse” and said, “I spoke against sexual violence—and faced our culture’s wrath. That has to change.”

The third and last simple thing (aside from the previously quoted statements from the actress) that could have made the jury declare Heard guilty of defamation was the strong valid view she noted in the article: “I had the rare vantage point of seeing, in real time, how institutions protect men accused of abuse.”

It was reported that “the case, live-streamed to millions, featured lurid and intimate details about the celebrities’ private lives, and Heard was targeted by countless social media posts and memes throughout.” The beautiful Depp’s ex-wife laments: “I don’t presume the average person should know those things. But even somebody who is sure I’m deserving of all this hate and vitriol, even if you think that I’m lying, you still couldn’t look me in the eye and tell me that you think, on social media, there’s been a fair representation... How could they make a judgment, how could they not come to that conclusion?”

The only clear thing about the conclusion of the six-week legal tussle is that Amber Heard lost to social media vitriol, not only to Johnny Depp.

Social media appears thus far to be serving evil more than good. There’s no justice in social media.

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