Social media victimization is dangerous – Eye Witness News

Dear Editor,

Despite our best efforts, no matter how accurate, most of the time we judge others unconsciously or by intuition. We all do it intentionally or unknowingly, whether it’s other people’s life experiences, attitudes, things, opinions, ideas, or people based on our values, emotions, and beliefs. It’s an essential part of being human. However, be that as it may, we have no right to attack anyone’s character as we wish.

The Bible says Matthew 7:1-5: “Do not judge, or else you will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and by the standard you use, they will be measured to you.” It gives us clear guidance on what we should strive to achieve in our daily lives, which brings me to my point of view in this letter.

Abuse on social media platforms is becoming increasingly common in our society. Social media has been used as a weapon through which the friends and families of crime victims are subjected to secondary abuse. Likewise, it has been used as a tool for victim blaming, body shaming, creating hate groups, revenge pornography, harassment, cyberbullying, character assassination, death threats, identity theft, stalking, falsification and fabrication of information, and even sharing of photos and videos of the accused Before the indictment, etc.

Facebook, in particular, has become the most preferred source of the latest entertainment, news, and rumours, and because social networks fuel interactions between people, they become even more powerful as they grow. On the other side, social media is increasingly being used by reckless users to engage in defamatory and scandalous character assassinations, which is highly unjustified and harmful and can cause long-term effects on the mental state of individuals.

Nowadays, people no longer handle their disputes or issues discreetly or behind closed doors; Instead, they go straight. The old saying “what happens in this house, stays in this house”, meaning “Don’t broadcast your filthy laundry into society” – surprisingly, the door was left wide open. Perhaps there is more to those who constantly seek attention and approval from others.

Once a video or post goes viral on social media, followers tend to spread it further by sharing, tagging or sharing through comments, often without documenting the facts before sharing them. Not only is this act irresponsible, it is extremely dangerous. In fact, the danger of sharing false information is that it makes it difficult to find the truth and can be the main cause of danger to an individual’s security.

Equally dangerous and disturbing is the need for bystanders to post live videos of people behaving disorderly and attacking each other on the streets or at crime scenes. Where is the love we experienced for each other in this country? What happened to us as a nation in the world? Where are the laws governing this reckless behavior? Have we lost our cultural ethics and moral roots? Are we so full of hatred for one another that we rejoice in the plight of others?

Although technology and the Internet have made it possible to share knowledge in ways that older generations could only dream of, and are used as often important tools, there are those who deliberately create news stories to deceive or entertain the audience, providing ample evidence for the sentence Often attributed to Winston Churchill, who said that “a lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to put its pants on”.

While some media, media and people advocate this, and stand against this behavior, many remain silent and are complicit in this bad behavior. This kind of unruly behavior needs to stop, so I call on our law enforcement authorities to do more to mitigate this behaviour.

For those who have a strong desire to share a video, information or post on social media, here are some points to consider before sharing posts that can be very harmful.

  • verify the facts and correctness of the information; Do your research.
  • If necessary to evaluate facts from fiction, use a toolkit application such as FactCheck, etc.
  • Make sure it’s from a reliable source.
  • Consider the story’s agenda.
  • Be wary of stories that play on your emotions.

Finally, remember that judging someone doesn’t define who they are, it defines who you are.

We know better. Let’s do better and be responsible citizens.

Shervon Hollis

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