by Achiraya Auton
December 1, 2016
Bangkok | Thailand
No one can imagine how hard it is to live with a mistake that you didn’t make!
“Once my life is a wreck because of social media.” Said ‘Jiravut’, a man who was wrongly accused of hiding a camera underneath his shoes.
That day, he wore his shoes that had a small hole from being torn, and then he went to take the BTS as usual. But the unusual thing was a man on the BTS who assumed that the small hole was a hidden camera for taking pictures from underneath a woman’s skirt. Then the man took his photo and posted it on Facebook with caption that accused him to be a pervert. Soon after, his photo was spread and overshared, and what happened next was changing him to be a victim of the social even though he did nothing wrong.
He was condemned as a pervert that really made him so stressed and afraid of going out. Finally, he decided to make clear about what he was wrongly accused by reported it to a police, and what he got back just the word ‘Sorry’ that almost meaningless for him.
People judge others so easily on social media because of their negligence.
Social media has most influence to your life especially Facebook that now people consider about ‘How many LIKE on a post I will get?’ rather than ‘Is the post real?’ In the past, you was likely to post about yourself which is not that interesting, but now you are likely to post about others instead because you can create an emotional or dramatic story for getting an interest or more likes from people. And the type of people who believe in your fake post are always a gullible person who completely believes in what they see without checking anything and also judge everything according to their belief.
Judge Less, Check More
“Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it. Do not believe in anything simply because it is spoken and rumored by many…”
Try to believe just a half of what you see because thing has many sides and how to know all of thing is to look around. According to the story of ‘Jiravut’, if you try to find another reliable sources to check that the post is accurate or not before sharing, everything will be better.
Sharing a fake post and judging others with hate speech not only ruin someone’s life but you can also be charged with Computer-related Crime Act, be imprisoned not more than five years or fined not more than one hundred thousand baht or both. As you know, Thailand has laws to penalize offenders, if they were found guilty so let the law do its job with them not with you.
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