Words Can Last Forever
Updated: Jul 27, 2018
On my way home from work today I was listing to a news segment where a politician tweeted a list of sexist and homophobic message to the well-known social media site. The news readers were discussing whether he should be held accountable for what he said over 10 years ago. Personally, I think he should be held responsible, as it is public platform, and as soon as something is posted it is there forever, and you are made aware of this when you sign up.
When I was applying for placements, I went through all my social media platforms to ensure that there wasn’t anything inappropriate on there. There wasn’t anything bad, just a tonne of embarrassing pictures! But nowadays young people have grown up with social media and may take it for granted and just post everything and anything without really thinking about it. This is probably what Jared O’Mara did and it has now caused him to resign.
Ever since I’ve had Facebook I’ve had my Dad as one of my friends. Yes, this may seem really weird or uncool, but it has ensured that anything I do post would be appropriate for anyone to see it. Now working in social media, I have colleagues and managers on Facebook so now I am so glad I monitored that went on my social spaces.
I know the Jared O’Mara example is extreme, but I think it is key for people to check over their social media accounts and either adjust the privacy setting or sieve through it and delete any unwanted posts.
What do you think?