Social Media is best known for its pouts, filtered photographs and reactions, yet, there is a lesser known side to it, which is the inherent danger..
It can pose a serious threat after breakup or often, even a cause of it. A reputation built over the years can be destroyed by a jilted lover, friend or even a random stranger.
After a 19-year-old college student refused to befriend an Osmanabad man, he allegedly created a fake account in her name on a social networking site and shared obscene posts about her.
Nidhi Rathore says, “ I believe persecution cannot be stopped and the only thing one can do, is to stay alert. Our life on social media is far different from that of real life. Living for social media can only give likes and that too, temporatily.Recently, while searching for my profile on my friend’s phone, I found a fake profile with my name and picture. I immediately reported and asked my friends to unfollow and report on the website for that. One should be careful and ensure privacy are cross-checked. The Internet is vast and so are its crimes.
“Though I haven’t experienced any harassment on social media yet, many of my friends have. I believe harassment in any form, shouldn’t be tolerated or encouraged. One should also understand that actual life and social life should be considered different. It’s not a safe space for anybody today, so precautions like limited visibility and connections through genuine wifi networks, are a few things all should take care of says,” Soham Godbole.
Harshini Khaparde says“ I am studying in Goa, that is often termed the sin-city of India where people tend to get away with anything. I meet strangers every day, some become friends and some don’t. But to choose between them is the main task. I believe there is nothing wrong with talking to strangers even on social media, if your instinct can make you judge the other person. I am not afraid of these social media threats, as all my accounts are well secured and it is important for people to manage their accounts well.
“ I don’t need to proclaim anything that I do. There are certain things that are meant to stay personal and I don’t believe in putting it on social networking sites.Yes, deep down I do feel that social media harassment can happen with me too, as the cases are often incidents involving common people like me. The problem with our society is that, not many people are bothered about what extent technology have impacted young minds. I personally don’t add unknown people and maintain a low key profile on social sites says,” Dhruvi Trivedi.
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