While strolling down my Twitter feed and wondering why I follow some of the people I do (probably because I followed them back out of courtesy), I notice tweets that I would call racist, some that are un-politically correct, non informatics tweets about what people are eating and important ones such as police updates and event schedules.
But I struggle to wonder how these people tweeting offensive material think that they will get away with it- and some of these people are journalism students!
In 2012 we have seen a lot more crack downs on tweets like such with people getting fines and even going to jail.
I personally think that this is the way forward. Tweeting is a form of communication and should be held against the libel laws for any false statements and also against laws of indecency, privacy and racism. This also goes for re-tweeting.
Once you post a tweet you are responsible for making a communication. Twitter has around 500 million users, so if you are communicating something that is offensive then that is a lot of people it may offend.
As I continue to scroll in disgust I wonder how these people are going to get a job – because employers look at these accounts now…right?
This August a British man was arrested on a public order offense for sending racist tweets to a football player Carlton Cole who pays for West Ham United. The tweeter is currently on bail awaiting his trial.
Cole was not the first sportsperson, and I’m sure he won’t be the last, to receive abusive tweets. Earlier this year Olympic diver Tom Daley was mentioned in a tweet from a disgusted fan saying that he had let his deceased father down by not winning a medal. The teen who was arrested for this disgusting tweet was released on a warning.
So that is what it has come to now – Twitter bullying. I think people have forgotten the use of the social media site. It does wonders in some aspects such as covering the 2012 presidential election but there is a real morbid corner of Twitter where people either don’t understand the uses, think only they will see their own tweets, or are just plain stupid.
The saying goes “If you have nothing nice to day about someone, then don’t say it at all.” I wish people on Twitter would remember this, or just write their offensive thoughts down somewhere else like in a diary, where they won’t be seen by the whole Twitter-sphere.
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