Friday, April 28, 2017

It’s time to regulate Facebook

Ask people who are close to me and they will tell you that I’m not real crazy about social media, especially Facebook. I actually have a real disdain for it all.
 
I really don’t see the lure of posting the personal junk that many people do on a routine basis. At times, the postings are harmful, distasteful, demoralizing, bizarre, crazy, and often lack overall decency. They make me wonder if the subjects dishing out the posts are mentally stable or not.
 
Facebook posts are often disgraceful and go off the charts in the negative way on the moral compass.  
I have seen firsthand some of the garbage people place on Facebook and wonder how shallow of lives these people lead by calling attention to the things they do. 
 
I don’t need to know every specific details of what is happening in their lives. It goes into my category of 
“Who cares?”
 
This past weekend the ultimate betrayal of Facebook was committed when a man in Cleveland killed an elderly man in a horrifying Easter afternoon attack - that was brazenly broadcast live on Facebook. 
 
The video of the murder was captioned “Easter Day Slaughter” and posted for about three hours before being taken down. In the video, the suspect said he “snapped” over a woman. 
 
Sadly, Sunday was not the first time Facebook Live has been used to broadcast violence or death. In January, four people in Chicago were arrested after they allegedly beat and taunted a mentally disabled man live on the social media site. Then in March, a 15-year-old Chicago girl was apparently sexually assaulted by five or six men or boys on Facebook Live, and none of the rough-ly 40 people who watched the live video reported it to police.
 
It even happened closer to home in the Twin Cities last year when a woman broad-cast the police shooting of her boyfriend. 
 
This is what Facebook said after the Twin Cities killing went viral: “Live video allows us to see what’s happening in the world as it happens. Just as it gives us a window into the best moments in people’s lives, it can also let us bear witness to the worst. Live video can be a powerful took in a crisis - to document events or ask for help.”
 
With this most recent violent attack on Facebook, it has become apparent that something needs to be done to put an end to the non-sense floated through the social media airwaves. As much as I hate to put more on government’s hands, regulation obviously is go-ing to be needed to clean up Facebook’s act. There is no other way around it.
 
Facebook Live, which began about a year ago, is changing our world, and obviously not in a very good way. We have pretty much witnessed the full scope of humanity. People are getting this Facebook garbage often without any warning. 

 

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