The 2000s saw the meteoric rise of social media, with more than 2.31 billion people active on social networks, or 31% of the world’s population, now on the rise.
According to the User’s Dictionary, a social network is a website that allows users to create a personal page to share and exchange information, photos or videos with communities of friends and their network of acquaintances.
Elsewhere they are defined as websites and mobile applications that allow users to build a network of friends or relationships, and that promote social interactions between individuals, groups of individuals or organizations.
It is deduced from these definitions that social networks play a crucial role in sociability. They therefore promote friendly activities; facilitates meeting and exchange.
However, it is not clear that the sad fact is that some Internet users have overused the first meaning of social networks, using them in an abusive way. They publish everything and anything. They sometimes publish atrocious images, immoral photos that are not instructive; they constantly promote sex and magnify sexual immorality. Others transform social networks into a platform for settling accounts with discourteous exchanges, dirty words, lack of authority, etc.
Worse rape scenes are filmed and posted online; images of blood-alcohol accidents published without the human reflex to rescue the injured. The lightness of clothing is promoted on the canvas with even photos revealing the whole nudity. It is not uncommon to witness scenes of desecration of tombs, places of worship; or photos taken in a coffin and published thus rejecting all the limits of decency and modesty.
These distressing and disturbing findings appeal to everyone because the consequences spare no one.
We can’t wait for our nations to legislate and for social media promoters to put in place stricter and more efficient regulatory systems to ensure that community standards are truly respected.