I have blogged multiple times about the liability individuals acquire when they post or tweet anything on social media. It is not a hard concept to understand. You are responsible for what you put on the web, simple as that. That being said, I am convinced that there are people who do not understand such a basic notion. More so, I am convinced that these people just lack common sense.
Specifically on Twitter, I have read many articles and heard stories of individuals tweeting vulgar, offensive, and rude commits. Whether these individuals tag other people or simply subtweet, they are voicing their opinions and thoughts on social media (for the world to see). Some would argue that everyone has a right to express their own views. Yet, no matter what you tweet, you must accept the consequences that may arise when you post anything on the web. Therefore, when your tweet poses a threat to national security…that is where the line must be drawn.
Wait a tweet posed a threat to national security? Say what?
Yep, you heard correct. Mashable recently posted an article reporting about “a 14-year-old girl from the Netherlands who was arrested on Monday, April 7th after tweeting a terror threat to American Airlines — and marveling at the Twitter followers that she attracted because of it.”
Here is what her tweet said and then American Airlines’ response:
Ohhhh Sarah! Come on girl…where is your brain???
As reported by Mashable, Sarah tweeted “using a Twitter account dedicated to the American pop star Demi Lovato.” Following the response from American Airlines, Sarah then responded with several tweets about deleting her original tweet. However, she also tweeted about receiving over 3k followers during her interaction with American Airlines. In total, her tweets appeared to be nonchalant and almost boastful at her firework moment of fame.
Here are some of her tweets:
And if it couldn’t get any worse, Sarah later tweeted about blocking the FBI and mocking the need for legal representation. What exactly she was thinking, I have no idea. Needless to say, Sarah’s Twitter account was blocked upon further investigation.
This is just one of many examples of individuals tweeting without thinking. Remember guys, once you post it online, it is out there to stay. You cannot take back what you post, tweet, or even blog about. Just as easy as it was for me to acquire screen shot versions of Sarah’s tweets, even if you do delete your activity, there are people on the web who track stories such as these and manage to save posts faster than you have time to remove them.
Moral of the story: As I have stated in my previous blog posts, and what our parents have told us time and time again, we must be smart when we post on social media….or it might come back to haunt us. Do not be another Sarah!