ABC reports that a Philadelphia woman posted on Facebook that she would pay a “stack” of cash to anyone who would kill her ex-boyfriend. And, not only did a guy apparently write back that he’d do it; but he also posted a picture of himself pointing a gun.
The good news is that both were arrested and charged with crimes connected to the alleged murder plot before the would be hit man had a chance to actually pull the the trigger.
The bad news is that if the charges are true; these people not only thought it was okay to plot a murder, but they also thought it was okay to do it in public.
How does it somehow escape people’s notice that when they use social media to make either morally questionable or potentially illegal posts; they’re doing it from a worldwide stage?
I realize that strong emotions like sexual obsession or extreme anger can cause people to do some pretty irrational things; but honestly, there’s got to be more to it than that.
You’ve got to wonder if the fact that it’s just so easy to use social media has somehow given people the idea that they can just say or do anything without having to pay the consequences.
Of course the first amendment gives you the right to freely express yourself, but when it comes to using social media to express the intention to commit a crime; you’re not only exercising your right to free speech, you’re also inviting the police to come arrest you.
But we should at least be able to count on our elected officials to know the difference. However, as Weinergate so clearly shows; that’s not always the case.
So don’t pack away the social media Stupidometer just yet. I have a feeling it’s going to continue to get a lot of use.