The misuse of Social Media
These days’ social media platforms are being more misused than used. And the biggest misuse with social media is “Defamation”. Social Media have become increasingly popular in our day to day lives. Social Media connects people regardless of the geographical boundaries. It is a medium of communication which enables people to interact, share and exchange information, pictures, videos, etc. It also keeps us updated with people’s lives and what’s happening around the world.
Social Media can be used for many good reasons. But many people have chosen to use it otherwise. There are many misuses of Social Media like false and unreliable information, sexual predators, cyber crimes, loss of privacy, show off, bullying, etc. But today, I would specifically want to speak about “Defamation”.
In simple words, Defamation means attacking another’s reputation by a false publication. Negative statements about people or companies appear frequently on various social media sites. This has been creating a menace these days. By just one defamatory post or comment or picture, many evildoers ruin a company’s or a person’s year’s old image and hard work in one go for their selfish motives.
Often times, people slander someone’s image to increase their own popularity on Social Media or cry victim or when they didn’t get what they wanted from that company or person. There can be many other reasons, but personally I have come across these three reasons majorly.
Recently I came across a “so called” educated lady who was verbally bashing a young watchman who apparently wouldn’t allow her to park her car in front of the building gate. Before the watchman could even react to her polished abuses, she clicked his picture without his permission and threatened to upload it on social media sites claiming he didn’t have the sense of talking to a woman.
On another occasion, when I was standing in the queue for Covid Vaccination, the doctors time and again announced that they have only a particular company’s vaccine available for that day, and if anyone wanted the other vaccine, they could come the other day. Not just announcement, this information was also put up on the board right at the entrance so that no one would miss out on reading it. But as soon as it was a particular lady’s turn to get the vaccine, she threw a tantrum as to why the other vaccine was not available and blamed the doctors to waste her time. She did the same thing, clicked the doctor’s picture without their permission and threatened to upload it on social media.
There was a fresh incident that had happened, where an influencer ordered for her food from a food delivery app. But for some reason she got violent and started hitting the delivery boy and in defence he tried to protect himself which in turn hurt the influencer. But she put up a completely false claim video on Social Media accusing the delivery boy and the food delivery app, claiming that the boy hit her.
As we are all aware of the #MeToo movement that had happened worldwide; how many were genuine and how many were not will always remain a mystery. But the problem here is; the genuine victims get hidden behind many fallacious motive people, which in turn lead to the actual victims not getting justice or delayed justice many a times. There have been many men also who uploads a woman’s picture to shame her just because they didn’t get what they wanted. This shakes the entire character of the woman for life.
I have also read about many hotels and restaurants time and again giving statements about being fed up with some influencers asking for free food or free stay in turn of posting a picture on their handles or writing a good review. When the hotels or restaurants deny their offer, these influencers post ugly or negative reviews just because they didn’t get what they wanted.
I am not saying everyone is bad on Social Media. The above are just a few examples which I have come across, and some that I have experienced personally. There are legal remedies also available for such rotten headed people who play the victim card, but are actually the villains. And many even opt to take those remedies that have been badly affected by those false claims.
However, there are many who just suck it up and let go, as they do not have the time and energy to spend behind taking legal actions. In these stressful times, where the world is already going through a lot, along with personal tragedies and grievances, some people leave no stone unturned to increase their popularity on Social Media or get things for free.
These “so called” educated people behave as they maintain all laws & orders, they are the most obedient human beings on Earth and they can get away by threatening to upload pictures on Social Media. Population of such kind of wicket people have increased so much in the past few years, that they have corrupted Social Media and damaged so many people’s lives and images. Social Media has made it easier to misuse the right of freedom of speech and expression by many individuals. There is should be extremely strict curbs and management before this dinosaur turns into a Jurassic Park.