Update: GMA 7 embraced our advocacy and launched “think before you click” campaign
If the story on CNN is correct, a teen age dude decided to kill himself after learning his sexual encounter with another man was webcast live courtesy of 2 fellow students who allegedly placed a secret camera on his room.
Some believed the act was an invasion of privacy, others think it is a case of cyberbullying.
The two perpetuators, perhaps did not think it will lead to death because the intention is just to bully him. Well, it just did, and a young life was wasted because of irresponsible use of social web.
As I have discussed on many occassions, social web is a neutral but powerful tool. It can be used to add value, or destroy. And in this story, it’s a negative illustration with a very sad ending. While we cannot prevent people from misusing social web, I believe with proper education, we can protect ourselves from others and ourselves. Let’s use social media responsibly 😀
Tragic really. Hopefully the culprits will be convicted. A lesson to us all.
Social web users should learn to give other people the space to be themselves, and to commit a mistake. And not abuse and invade their privacy by exposing them online.