On the internet it seems that everything is anonymous, but this is not really so and all traces leave a trace. If you are not careful about what you share and share, you can suffer serious consequences: from losing your job to being stopped by the police for an unfortunate post, through identity thefts or virtual abductions. These are some interesting cases that show that on the Net, not everything is allowed.
The contents that you can censor Facebook and Twitter
Anyone who believes that on the internet it is possible to do or say everything that is wanted is very wrong. It is true that these platforms – such as Twitter, Facebook or WhatsApp – are based on freedom of expression but we must always remember that one’s freedom ends where the other begins: certain limits must be respected.
1. A racist comment
Gerod Roth was a worker of the company Polaris Marketing Group that in June of 2015 uploaded a photo to Facebook in which it appeared along with the son of a black workmate.
One of his friends from this social network wrote. “I did not know you were a slave owner.” Roth replied, “You are a savage.” Although he soon eliminated the post, Roth was fired from the company.
2. Unonymous users
The Civil Guard arrested 13 people in April 2016 for extolling these organizations – and the attacks they committed – through Facebook and Twitter with anonymous users.
Upload a photo to Facebook if you do not want to be found
In 2011, Ariel Darío Leites disappeared when he was bathing in the Uruguay River, in Argentina. Although his friends and relatives looked for him next to the Police, they only found a pair of underpants.
Four years later, however, Leites was discovered because of a photograph he had uploaded to Facebook in which he would appear with his new partner in Brazil. According to various reports, Leites was so in debt that he decided to fake his own death.
4. Upload a photo to Facebook if you have committed a crime
In September of 2015, this social network returned to spend a bad play to a pair. John Mogan and his girlfriend stole a bank in Ohio with his face covered. After getting the money, they could not think of a better idea than uploading some photos with the booty they got … and showing their face.
That meant that the police, which until then had no clue, could locate and stop them.
5. Deliver participation in a conflict
The Russian soldier Alexander Sotkin, 24, published in the summer of 2014 in his Instagram account a series of photos in the village of Voloshino in Ukraine. A fact that would not be anecdotal if it were not because this information served to confirm that Russian militias had crossed the border to fight in the Ukrainian conflict – although the Kremlin had denied it at all times.
6. A sexist tweet
The journalist Pierre Salivac lost his collaboration with the French radio RTL in 2012 after publishing a sexist tweet: “To all my partners, useful sex, you have a chance to become first lady of France.” Salivac apologized and wiped out the tweet soon after.
7. Update Your LinkedIn Profile
John Flexman lost his job at BG Group – UK – in 2012, after he updated his profile on LinkedIn and noted that he was interested in “career opportunities”.
The best option is to carefully monitor the privacy options of your account and hide as much information as you do not want everyone to know.
8. Publish an award ticket
Chantelle, a young Australian girl, won 538 euros in horse racing after betting only five euros. After learning that he had won, he published a selfie with the prize ticket in which the barcode of the bet appeared. Someone saw the photo, printed it and won the prize instead.
9. Who wants to be fired?
The German website ‘Fire Me!’ Track those tweeters who might lose their jobs because of what they write on Twitter. For example, it shows tweets where users complain about their boss or their job with comments like “I hate my job” or “My boss is an idiot without remedy, inept who thinks his employee is good at nothing” .
10. Holiday photos on Instagram and WhatsApp attract thieves
Police warned in their official Twitter account of the dangers of uploading photos while on vacation. As they say it is better to “boast” the return, otherwise, anyone will know that you are not at home.
The danger is especially important in networks where a lot of photography is used like Instagram or Facebook, but it can also happen in large groups of WhatsApp – where not all people can be trusted – or in your profile photo in this messaging network.