Social media is a faceless community. In most cases, you do not see the person who likes your photos, resents your posts or even shares your ideas. It is where people tweet and sent threatening messages to strangers without a care in the world. It’s just fun – they say. Let me say that it is never fun if the recipient is scared to the core or if the post involves character assassination. This post is about how social media is being used to assassinate a person’s character.
The dangers and benefits of social media
No doubt, social media has countless blessings attached to it. It offers you worldwide connectivity, hooks you up with people of shared interests, keeps you informed, and is a great marketing tool. However, It can be both brutal and destructive. It can be used to malign your name. It can be used to gossip and tear apart your character. Needless to say- all of us are just a single step away from character murder. A single careless tweet, an innocent exposing post or a naive “like” can lead to untold agony.
The dangers of rumors and gossip.
Rumors and gossip are words and words can never be taken back. Even if you get an apology, the rumor-monger will not go undoing their mess. Sorry does not heal the mutilated reputation of the victim. It is like putting a nail through a piece of wood – even if the nail is removed, the hole still remains. Gossip hurts. Sometimes it hurts more than a slap or a punch. Negative words spoken about you may dog you for the rest of your life. Worse still, if they are all over the social media – so be careful what you share.
Be careful what you repost on social media.
Although It can be a good opportunity for business growth and networking, it can also be vicious and treacherous. You should never be the bearer of gossip or slander. You should never repost any maligning, hurtful or character assassinating information. Never repost any racist or blackmailing post. This is my take when it comes to what to send and what to avoid; do to others what you would love them to do to you. Always keep this in mind – what goes around, comes around.
Things you should never post on social media.
Yes, you want to hook up with old friends and get to know new ones. Is that the reason you want to share all your details? Be warned! Social media is a live wire that burns and leaves physical, emotional and psychological scars to show for it. No matter your intentions, never share your current location, photos of your family members tagged with their full names, phone numbers and home address. Avoid sharing intimate things because they may come back to haunt you. Don’t give your enemy a gun (information) to bring you down. It has a way of getting what you share, twist it and use it against you. By the way, that is how social media is being used to assassinate a person’s character.
Be careful and wise and you will be safe. It takes years to build a character. However, social media can assassinate it in a twinkling of an eye. This is my advice to you; when sharing information on social media do not do it with your heart only – carry your head along.