Pretty much every story these days have really inappropriate comments. Some are meant to do nothing more than to incite and get the poster some reaction which they thrive on. Others are just plain bad attitudes of the users. Most are made because the user knows they can get away with it behind a curtain anonymity of their online ID, and many will continue to be made as long as this remains allowed.
I’m all for free speech, but I’m also for accountability. I think it’s time certain people get called out for their online comments by being identified. It may seem hard, but it’s not. The technology is very available. I don’t have any doubt companies like Google, Twitter, Facebook and others can, too. For one thing, you know how you join and login via certain accounts on other platforms? That’s certainly one way, for example. They login to something using a certain account, you nail them for it and link their “anonymous” account to one of their real ones. Tie it to something more tangible, like a credit card transaction, to be sure, so it wouldn’t be easy to pretend to be someone and cyber-bully them. Then leave it online so that if that person tried to get a certain job, or volunteer, and those in the hiring position searches them, they’ll know. See how it’ll feel if you go for a decent paying job and your employer will reject you for making racist comments on the new Indian Miss America, for example.
The rest is what’s exposed, or can be exposed, say, on their Facebook account. Lots of people still accept random Friend Requests on Facebook, followers on Twitter, and such. It wouldn’t be hard to find out where they live, their employer, family, and such. Hey, you want to talk big and trash others and be bigoted and such? Well, get ready for some vigilante justice. You know, real backlash, not just words someone writes back and gives you a thrill you irked off someone. Much bigger thrill to be fearing for your life!
Now, I’m not thinking anyone who makes such a comment would be exposed right away. The technology isn’t there yet. But tracing can start. There’s IP addresses, emails used to register accounts, social media accounts, links from their profiles, blogs, etc. that could expose them. I don’t doubt if the top 20 big sites agreed to it, they would have no problem “triangulating” most people in no time. I’m talking Google, Facebook, Twitter, Microsoft, Yahoo, Amazon and so on. When it is certain, then expose. No need to be hasty and risk being wrong. It’s not like there’s a lower standard to rise above at this point. There is nothing going on.
And imagine if that followed you everywhere you go. If you registered on CNN with that certain email, say, you’d be flagged. Sure, you can get around it by getting another, but there’s a small inconvenience with that. Have you ever tried getting all your friends and family and colleagues to change emails? It’s annoying! It’d be worse if it were found out you did it cause you were identified to be an utter racist!
And who would flag them? Hire some people to do so. It’d be the most fun and righteous job someone could ever have. I’m not talking about having to deal wit the “grey” issues, even. Leave those allowed. There are PLENTY out there that is just wrong you don’t even need to deal with the grey issues. Those clearly wrong comments are the ones most in need of being exposed. The rest, after what we’ve gone through recently, will be just fine.
Technology is exploding beyond our general human capacity to be able to use it. As a species, we definitely don’t have what it takes to use it properly. Problem is a lot of us don’t realize that. How long before those who realize do something about it?