Now it can be told: The Google Plot?
There are always sides in every story. While most people are using their Twitter accounts to confirm Lively and Di Caprio’s real score, others are ransacking some other’s property, looting cash, and performing a voyeur show in front of their computers.
Yet there are still some people who don’t believe it.
If you are still doubtful that ruffians and hooligans are using social media and Internet’s sweet and tender influence, and then you have to do a headshake, take a hot shower, and pull some push-ups to be slightly aware of the truth. The power is all in your fingers and Macintosh keyboards, since Google bodes splendid realities about how law offenders’ use search engines and social media to pave their dark plans strategically on the Web. Google itself won’t lie about it, and online news websites have heaps of these stories to make you persuaded and convinced. So if you still doubt it, Google it.
Social Media: To Blame or Not to Blame
A recent Friedland survey says that “78% of ex-burglars interviewed said that they strongly believed social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter and Four Square are being used by current thieves when targeting properties, with nearly three quarters (74%) stating that in their expert opinion, Google Street View was playing a role in today’s home thefts.”
Yet this survey is just one of the few things that show how criminals begin their crime acts on the Internet. Many Brit writers believed that the recent August London riot was a seminal act that started only as a shallow ruffian plan being overreacted on the Web. Meaning, social media played a big role in uniting young Brits—their minds, their beliefs—to superimpose and inflate what was only destined to be a small, feeble uproar.
For many times—actually a thousand, uncountable times—Zuckerberg, Dorsey, and all the magnates behind Internet giants have become people’s favorite target, to the point that they’ve been held responsible for what is happening on our society. Facebook has been a singular target for privacy criticisms and, for a moment Foursquare has been one easy aim for socially relevant organizations’ as one crime attractor.
It’s endless. Every time we hear an Internet-related crime, it would be impossible not to hear a bunch of narrow-minded people blaming it to the people behind the social networking sites. Likewise, I would say that these narrow-minded people’s gene is still continuously growing. Perhaps they’ll live this world believing that the decay of this society is all social media and Internet’s blunder.
Fortunately, not all people think this way. Some think that to single out social media websites as a leading reason to the worsening crime rate is a juvenile and unjust idea.
Most psychologists—according to countless CNN and BBC interviews on TV— think that most online crimes start at home. They even reiterated that the problem doesn’t lie alone on the platform itself, but on the doer and what surrounds him as well. According to them, it is the crime doer’s parents’ responsibility, especially if the lawbreaker is an adolescent or a kid, to teach their child the importance and proper usage of these websites, for most Internet crimes—whether it be petty or not—usually begin at disproportionate homes where parents are not emotionally involved with their child.
And even an Anglo-pop crooner is blatantly questioning why most people can’t just blame themselves about this. Going back to the August London riot, Alex Turner, the ever-outspoken front man of the British rock group The Arctic Monkeys, heaves the blame to the government, to the governing people in his country that fell short to create plausible methods that could have stopped that senseless uproar. His incessant comments about this issue can be interpreted as an angry remark to people who blamed the existence of Facebook and Twitter that made that upheaval somewhat successful.
Yet to the political leaders who have been kicked out of their thrones and countries during the recent Egyptian outcry, Libyan tumult, and other Middle East clamors, social media is the only thing to blame, for the unity and bravery of their fuming and gnashing people had started to amalgamate and blossom in the realms of Facebook and Twitter.
Social media is clearly a new world for criminals
Looking back, for one to commit an anonymous crime, one had to wear a mask or send an unsigned letter to his victim. Though anonymous, these crimes required a spilling amount of guts and bravery, since they still had to do the crime firsthand.
However, today is a different story. Because social media sites are originally intended for personal use, and it has qualities and features to conceal its user’s identity to others for privacy matters, lots of dirty-headed minds can plot their crimes without leaving their homes, with their identities being sealed or secured.
Definitely, the Internet—and the social media sites—were not invented to open better ways for criminals to launch hideous and dreadful acts.
And as sane social media users, we can start changing the image of the social media usage by beginning it at our homes, within ourselves. In simpler terms, like how a popular Asian network says and advocates proper use of social media, we should think before we click.
Abridging the problem is on our hands. Google “peace”.