Social media is ingrained in contemporary life – from publishing life happenings and posting our thoughts in a collective stream of consciousness to looking up user reviews and checking-in to our favourite destinations. Since the introduction of social media, the world has become smaller, making it easier than ever to find and share information, as well as personal or professional interests, with the rest of the world.
Social media has indeed played a very big role in sending across the information in no time. It played a crucial in the Middle East uprising, raising funds for Uttarakhand floods, Haiti Earthquake and yes how we can forget the live-tweet of the raid in which the world’s most wanted terrorist Osama bin Laden was killed.
Many people exercise poor judgement on Facebook, a site where Freedom of Speech may no longer apply, some of the young Facebook users who have posted controversial status messages have ended up in jail. Sometimes the messages they typed were actually offensive, other times they were jokes or their personal views gone terribly wrong. For instance two girls in Mumbai were arrested for Facebook post questioning ‘Bal Thackeray shutdown’ of Mumbai and one teen in the US was even arrested for posting violent rap lyrics. Most of the time, the Facebook offenders are impulsive. They type before they think, and lately they’ve had to pay serious consequences.
Some Indian Politicians have also found themselves in trouble after posting their views on the Social Networking Sites. Union Minister Shashi Tharoor had to apologise after facing an all-round attack for his “cattle class” remark on twitter and later had to explain that he meant no disrespect to economy class travellers. Recently there was War of Words on Twitter between Sushma Swaraj and Omar Abdullah on Kishtwar Violence.