Beverly B. Media and Communications

Nothing Hard About the James Foley Case.


social%20media%20and%20freedom%20of%20speechBy Beverly B. Media and Communications, LLC

In the past couple of years social media has become a staple in many of our lives. It has been used to spread great news, fun campaigns, and funny memes.  However we have also seen a darker side which includes cyberbullying, cat fishing, and the display of gruesome acts that have become a part of the social media landscape.

The headline reads “James Foley Case raises hard social media questions” and I have to ask WHY? When did it become hard to show common decency? When did it become hard to show respect to a family in mourning? The beheading of James Foley is not a movie, there isn’t a director calling “cut” and Foley rising from his fallen state.  Many of these social media sites don’t think twice about selling our information to the highest bidder, or toying with our emotions like lab rats in a maze by manipulating news feeds, so why now the “hard question”?  Twitter, Facebook, and even Instagram have blocked accounts for less, so why now the “hard question”? Because sad to say there are more people who want to see the video of James Foley’s murder than not. Society has become so desensitized by movies, television, and even music videos that seeing an actual human beheading is something that is being questioned because is it violating the users free speech. REALLY!?!?

This terror group (I refuse to even type their name) is different than Al Qaeda, they are more brutal, better funded, and more socially advanced.  They are using a medium the majority of Americans use to strike psychological fear into the people. They have hacked Twitter accounts to spread their propaganda and every time YouTube takes the video down it pops back up.  I applaud Twitter CEO Dick Costolo for taking a firm stand against any user that not only posts the video but also images of the beheading tweeting that their accounts will be suspended.

Twitter CEO Dick Costolo

 

As a private company Costolo has a right to make changes to his company’s policy as he sees fit. If very few people left Facebook even after the numerous infractions they have committed to the rights of their users even fewer people are going to leave Twitter for standing up against terror.

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