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Nov 25, 2012

Start minding your words on Facebook

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 facebook big bossYes! This is the message we want to convey to our readers to avoid unnecessary trouble into their lives. Making hate or harassing statements on an individual or organization is never unnoticed by the concerns and can bring you into trouble. In recent past, two alarming incidents related to Facebook are more of warnings to the users to watch what they write on their Facebook wall.

After the demise of legendry Balasaheb Thackrey, Mumbai was shutdown observing ‘Bandh’ to pay the respects to the leader. On the same day, couple of the Maharastra girls put posts against this ‘Bandh’ on their Facebook wall for which a police man arrested both the girls. After the arrest the outrage is still going on over social networks where some favor the girls and some favor the arrest. Even India is a democratic country and we’ve the right for Freedom of Speech, but would it be wise to think that you will not be into trouble by doing this. Yes, our constitutional rights say otherwise, but if that be followed till now India would not be counted among corruption. In this case late Balasaheb Thckrey was a legend and there will be rage if you cry out loud.

If you read Facebook terms then you may come across that what type of posts you shouldn’t make on Facebook. Here what is written on Facebook:

We remove content from Facebook when it violates the Facebook Terms. Types of content that are prohibited from Facebook include, but are not restricted to the following:
  • Nudity or other sexually suggestive content
  • Hate speech, credible threats, or direct attacks on an individual or group
  • Content that contains self-harm or excessive violence
  • Fake or impostor timelines
  • Spam
One of such similar incident has also happened with Massachusetts, USA resident Lindsey Stone. She posed for a photo giving the middle finger and miming a loud yell in front of the sign at the Tomb of the Unknowns in Washington, D.C., next to a sign asking for “silence and respect”. The photo speeded over Facebook like fire with likes, comments and a Facebook fan page. But for this Lindsey, who is an employee at LIFE (Living Independently Forever) has been given unpaid leave. Lindsey has apologized for the photo to Boston Herald. Well, this is not the first case of such incidents in USA. Before this an USA marine was arrested for posting controversial song lyrics on Facebook. Also California resident Denise Helms lost her job after using the n-word for President Obama.

Such arrests do prove that you don’t have to go the streets anymore. Just post on Facebook and Police will be on your doorstep. And if you want to avoid such unnecessary trouble then we suggest that you start minding your words on Facebook.


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