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Shun reckless posts on Net

Published:Monday | September 19, 2016 | 9:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

A young and beautiful Italian national, Tiziana Cantone, aged 31, shared a video with four male friends, on the social media website WhatsApp, of her and her boyfriend engaged in an intimate moment. Unfortunately for Ms Cantone, the video was somehow posted on several other social websites and went viral, attracting one million hits.

Ms Cantone tried to get the video removed from the Internet and failed. She was shunned and ridiculed by her friends and was not able to go anywhere without being recognised. Driven by despair, she committed suicide.

There are many lessons to be learnt from Ms Cantone's error in judgement, and I cannot help but emphasise the need for persons to exercise due care and weigh the risk of posting images and information about themselves that might potentially be damaging . The reality is, once posted in the public domain, it cannot be retracted.

The Internet world, with its numerous social websites, attractive interactive mechanisms to capture instant images and information, and divulging it in real time, can be a dangerous place to explore, and one must trod with exceeding caution when using it. It is dangerous primarily because the information you share can easily be manipulated and circulated within seconds to millions of users.

There are many persons who are oblivious to the potential negative impact this can have on their lives. I would hope that with the many instances of documented misuse of person's images, users of the Net will exercise prudence when divulging information of whatever form to friends, some of whom have undisclosed ulterior motives. It's a lot better preserving your sanity and your life than to give it away in one moment of indiscretion.

ERROL MCLEISH

ermarlii16@hotmail.com

Daytona, Greater Portmore