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Are some Facebook content too much?

Are we really comfortable with our social media outlets that we expose things that are extremely offensive? When strolling on my news feed on Facebook, one of my “friends” posted this video of a little girl being sexually abused by a man. When I saw the post, I immediately hide the story and deleted that friend from my account. Although I did not watch the video, there was an image to the video that anyone could see. People were spreading the video with angry comments and posts about protecting their children. My question about this video is: Are we participating too much in participatory cultures to the point that we don’t think about the things we share and how it may affect others. The response to this video made it go viral to the point that it became an open discussion in homes and work environments.  There is a FBI investigation of the video and the people who maybe involved.

Social media has been multiple times used to share awareness and to promote change. There has to be morals in presenting the bad behavior in order for it to make a change. Posting a child being violated is not a good method of exposing the sexual abuse of children. We know that there are sick people in this world that like stuff like this and want to expose it.  Sharing child pornography is illegal and can lead to years behind bars as well as being registered as a sex offender. Do these laws not apply to social media networks? Yes they do and the things people posts can result in legal action against them. The people that protested against it by re-posting it added to the violator’s motive of spreading their video. When something is posted on the internet it is meant to be shared.

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Negative social media participation doesn’t stop with child abuse but goes to bloody pictures of dismembered bodies, dead babies, children harmed, and porn. The actions of some people on social media can result in harsh regulations for its users. I personally use social media for recreational use and for work purposes only. Who wants to see a still of a couple having sex on their news feed at the office or in school?

There must be a way to change the things people post on social media. People should not be able to post offensive things on a social network that is used by all ages. Porn and graphic images should stay on their own websites. If the people in charge of these networks do not enforce censorship then the offenders will continue doing it. Facebook in 2006 is completely different from Facebook in 2013. People don’t care what they say or post and how it affects the people who view them.

The sad part about this entire thing is that people don’t use censorship in social media networks. Employers, family members, real life friends, and colleagues all view our profiles and the things we display. Although, there are privacy settings, most people don’t use them and most companies ask for passwords to them pending employment. We know that the risks associated with using social networks and continue to make the same mistakes over and over again. Today it has become more frequently displayed in social media networks.

Links to Articles:

http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2013/03/26/nationwide-alerts-about-disturbing-child-porn-video-on-facebook/

http://en.rian.ru/crime/20130322/180192789.html

Edited by: Mallory Pultz

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