OUT With Their Social Media Profiles

OUT With Their Social Media Profiles
The queen shouts: Off with their heads. The social network owner orders: Delete their social media accounts. Leave no traces. No reminders.

Interesting article about people who committed violent acts who had social media profiles but those profiles were deleted.

The Future: How platforms alter history: The rush to delete digital evidence of violent tendencies or ideologies is understandable, but what is the cost?

People like Nasim Aghdam, Nikolas Cruz, Devin Kelley and Omar Mateen. I don't have to tell you who they are or what they did. They say that it's impossible to totally delete all "digital traces". I'm sure you could still Google them and find out who they are and what they did.

Social media was created to connect people and develop positive relationships. Not as a stalking or hunting ground, a place to spew venom or vent unjustifiable anger, etc. It's not as if the social media accounts will remain active. What's the point keeping them online? A social media network is not a graveyard, so why should they have a burial place there to rest in peace or to be remembered? They have a historical place in the criminal records. It's the proper place for a record of their atrocities.

Jon Christian, the article writer says:

Removing the live version of a profile just punches holes in the record, and people try to make sense of events after the fact with even less information. 

I don't think deleting their social media accounts punches holes in the records or will alter history at all. I agree with deleting the social media accounts of people who committed violent acts.

Do you agree?


REFERENCE:

Christian, Jon. How Platforms Alter History. ~ The Outline, The Outline, 9 Apr. 2018, theoutline.com/post/4118/how-platforms-alter-history?zd=2&zi=arb5biye.

Agree

Anonymous

I don't agree

Deleting their social media after what they have done wont change a thing. The harm has been and leave an impact to the lives of the people who got affected at such crime. What we can do is just to block and report any incidences to the right entities and let them do their jobs.
Posted by Anonymous on 04-22-2018
overcast

Agree

I think it's reasonable to delete their profiles. And one should be really understanding about how it can affect them in many ways. I'd say people should be understanding on removing such social media profiles through police help. So this can be really good way.
Posted by overcast on 04-19-2018
manmad

Not quite.

It's not exactly necessary to do it, but it might be a good idea, because it gives a bad example for other people who look at their profile, even though that's their own responsibility and should be careful about it.
Posted by manmad on 04-17-2018
Tania997

Agree

Some profiles need to be deleted, they could inspire more violent acts since nowadays we see people emulate a lot. If we can keep the articles or other sources of information on those people, then we can still understand who are they without their social media profile, which could be dangerous.
Posted by Tania997 on 04-20-2018
Kakashi2020

Delete their Existence

I do think that psychopaths and mass murderers have already waived their rights when they did what they have done. I mean committing heinous crimes to humanity, they truly deserve to be erased from mainstream media.
Posted by Kakashi2020 on 04-30-2018
treecko142

Yes

Some people who commit violent acts do it for publicity and to push some insane idea, and their social media usually contains a lot of hints toward this. Deleting their profile will make sure that they don't get to spread their agenda so that other people won't follow in their footsteps.
Posted by treecko142 on 05-01-2018
MomoStarr16

yesyesyes.

if they really did things or violated something about the law. they should really be out of the social media. because even kids today are into social media. we never know what will be negative effects of that when children got to involve with them.
Posted by MomoStarr16 on 04-17-2018
mitan143

Delete

It is much better if they delete their social media accounts after committing a shameful and not appropriate acts on social media community, knowing that issues can be forwarded and spread out as fast as the speed of light in a matter of second only using social media platforms nowadays and once it trends already, it is impossible to correct easily. So to avoid further damage, then don't hesitate to delete your account right away.
Posted by mitan143 on 05-11-2018
EfficientNinja

Delete their profiles

I agree that social media accounts of people who committed violent acts to be deleted. They shouldn't stay in social media because if people visit their profiles, they will remember the violent acts that the person did. People who have committed bad acts and doesn't have their profiles deleted have so many hate speeches from those that are offended.
Posted by EfficientNinja on 04-17-2018
jaybee19

They should disappear from the public's eye.

For me, it's better to just delete their social media accounts because even if they're criminals and did bad things, I guess they don't deserve to have a social media profile with people leaving hateful messages and criticisms. For me, they're still humans and if they do have a family and children, don't you think it would give a very traumatic experience for them if they'll open their family member's/father's social media account?

For me, it's better to just isolate them completely to the public because humans nowadays love to meddle with such problems and issues without even knowing that they're not related to it and never realize that they should just leave the judgement to the authorities and just think that it is already enough to humiliate and destroy the dignity of the criminal. I really know humanity tho but I don't see it at all.

Posted by jaybee19 on 05-03-2018

Disagree

Anonymous

Don't make it public

We should filter those type of account only for those with strong reason. Some people may need their data on their account for studies and researchers. It should be put as under age content.
Posted by Anonymous on 04-18-2018
Anonymous

Private property / business choice

Social media accounts belong to the companies that host them. No company wants to be a shrine to anti-social behavior, it corrupts their brand. So they have every right to delete that part of their website. It's not like the user is around to use them any more anyway.
Posted by Anonymous on 06-11-2018
kingcool52

Depends

I think it should be down to the social networking sites and whether people start to report those accounts because they want it to be taken down. I don't think they should be deleted because people will "remember the acts" which is a silly reason really. If you don't want to remember it, don't visit the profile.
Posted by kingcool52 on 04-17-2018
Martinsx

If it's a constructive criticism, I support

I'm not the kind of person to encourage violence or violent acts either in real life or on social media. Such person needs to be sanctioned in any way that he or she deserves. But if a violent criticism is done in a constructive manner against a higher form of violence, then I would vehemently support it with all pleasure.
Posted by Martinsx on 04-17-2018
quiet

I don't claim to have the correct answer, but I am

Setting the correct precedent here is important given the huge role that social media platforms now have in public consciousness. What were private companies have ballooned into massive spheres of influence, and moderation given the amount of power these platforms have is a task that has to be handled carefully.

I don't claim to have the correct answer, but I am leaning towards public preservation of these profiles.

It seems like it's in the best interests of the platforms to immediately remove profiles as quickly as possible given the atmosphere of these high-profile cases, yet I think that these ought to be moments of reflection.

The tendency of throwing the worst parts of human nature under the rug lead us to not recognize that this is something that is worth addressing rather than leaving it up to the law, as these sorts of situations usually aren't born of a vaccuum.

Investigating the sorts of pressures that create these acts is important to properly handling situations of this nature lest we fail to notice the conditions that produce such acts.

I don't have any real authority, but I think it's a bit lazy to simply assume that these are people completely without morality and that none of us could be driven to a similar madness given the right conditions. Most (myself included) need more work in understanding the psychological profiles of these people such that a helpful attitude can be fostered rather than one of vilification. The question is how much fault can be attributed to factors within that person's control, and given that we still aren't the best at understanding ourselves, we can't simply say "this is bad" and move on without any further questioning.

The cases of ideology-motivated violence, however, are a bit more difficult to deal with, so I won't say much on it other than that it's something that still needs to be understood on its own.

The ideal is that we don't have to deal with the unpleasant effects of violent acts and that we can shield those who are vulnerable. But there is no way to do that if we don't acknowledge that the kind of climate we're in has events like this that occur. This cannot be an issue that exists only in the court of law.

Posted by quiet on 08-03-2018
amelia88

There’s a few factors

I’d say that yes, you can remove them if there’s anything that could be triggering or encouraging for others to commit similar crimes. However, it’s also a case of that information often being needed for evidence for law enforcement.
Posted by amelia88 on 05-09-2018

Comments

lovely
I'm totally in agreement that such profiles should be I brought down or outrightly deleted, so that others will always learn and shun violence. I think if violent people are never absolved in anyway the better it will be for us.Their accounts should all be deleted.
Posted by lovely on 04-17-2018
MomoStarr16
Yes you are right. Especially for the kids who always been on the social media. They need protection and one for that is deleting the profile of that person that done something violated.
Posted by MomoStarr16 on 04-17-2018
vinaya
There is no point in deleting accounts of the person who has already wronged the society, or committed a crime against humanity, to be precise. It would have been better if they were deleted before thay could harm the society. It does not make sense to delete them when they have already harmed the society.
Posted by vinaya on 04-18-2018
jaymish
I agree. Social media was created for fun, but people can troll you. People can bully you. If you watch the news, you'll see young people committing suicide because they have been bullied online. All venomous comments should be pulled down. Most people hide behind their keyboard.If you can't make those comments in person, why make those comments when hiding behind your keyboard. Social media sites have a moral obligation to society to protect those who are weak and can't protect or defend themselves.
Posted by jaymish on 04-17-2018
vinaya
Social media sites were launched primarily for one reason, to help people, companies and businesses network. In helping people and organizations to network, the owner would be earning money through advertising. However, social media sites are not being used as a platform to cause harm to the people and society. generally speaking, I am against censorship, however, sometimes it seen censorship is just necessary.
Posted by vinaya on 04-19-2018
peachpurple
I agree with you too. Cyber bullies are going rampage in today's era. If nobody controls the social media, what will happen to our future generation? You cannot blame the victims for taking such drastic measure
Posted by peachpurple on 05-27-2018
Martinsx
The only kind of account profile that I would strongly root for its taken down are ones that commit sex scandals or nudity in any way because it really hurts the morals of the growing youths in our society today. Anything like porn or sexual explicit content should be dealt without mercy.
Posted by Martinsx on 04-17-2018
MomoStarr16
That will be the most priority to be delete in my opinion. They will be a serious problem if kids will see the profile of that person and what act he/she is doing.
Posted by MomoStarr16 on 04-17-2018
MomoStarr16
It may not be the perfect answer for the problem but deleting them can help us giving protection the kids on the net. To stop them to make up bad things on their minds. And one more thing is to stop making stories about those people.
Posted by MomoStarr16 on 04-17-2018
overcast
I think that seems to be the case. That's why people who are in upper class region. Don't allow anyone with single felony live in their neighborhood. And that way they maintain the peace. So that's what they are following. I'd say that's reasonable case in there.
Posted by overcast on 04-19-2018
MomoStarr16
But one more thing. Is that a violation to human rights? Is it not a heavy thing to do with a person committed something bad? I feel like they are still human, but of course they did wrong. I am just asking. I am confuse. :p
Posted by MomoStarr16 on 04-17-2018
babyright
Deleting the social media account of those who committed violent act should serve as a lesson for others that violence does not pay because it is wrong and evil.
Posted by babyright on 04-18-2018
overcast
I think deleting is the right approach. And I don't think there is anything wrong if people choose to delete the profile. And it should be in their policy to be honest. I think that's the right way and approach in that case.
Posted by overcast on 04-19-2018
Kakashi2020
Well deleting their social accounts seems logical enough since they are mass murderers and psychos, and social media platforms should always weed out the bad things in their platform and always focus on the well-being of their members. When these people committed those horrible acts, they have resigned all their rights and every memory of them should be wiped out.
Posted by Kakashi2020 on 04-18-2018
vinaya
I don't believe in censorship, I believe in freedom of speech. However, this does not mean I will allow nasty things to happen or can be promoted hatred, even terrorism, in the name of freedom of speech. I think deleting the accounts of the people who commit the crime is the right move. Crime should never be tolerated.
Posted by vinaya on 04-19-2018
junrose123
I also agree that deleting the social media account of those people who do violent acts is a good idea since it is not advisable to post violent acts since there are some children who are using social media sites that might be affected for these violent acts which is not really good. If children sees a violent act that is being posted on the social media sites then they may think that it is right and tolerable since it is not being banned or condemn at a particular social media site. It must be prohibited as much as possible since social media site has a good purpose not to serve as a television for unlawful acts of these perople who had nothing to do but only pure evil.
Posted by junrose123 on 04-18-2018
vinaya
Freedom of speech is a great concern for us. The people should be free to share their views. However, we should never interpret freedom in an extreme way. We should not promote terrorism in the name of freedom of speech, we should not go against the law accepted by majority of people in the name of freedom. Therefore, I believe we should stop people who try to har our society virtually or in the reality.
Posted by vinaya on 05-01-2018
ion
I don't think it can be deleted. or well, even they delete it. I'm sure you can still find them in google. But I agree with that, deleting the profile for those committed violent. That's the problem of some people, social media created for fun and meet other people. but instead of doing that. they use the social media for violent.
Posted by ion on 04-18-2018
vinaya
We live in a society where we promote freedom of speech. Freedom of speech should not be interpreted in an extreme way such as you are free to promote terrorism. Freedom also has some limitation. You are a free man doe not mean you ar free to do whatever you want. You still have to follow rules and regulations.
Posted by vinaya on 04-18-2018
MomoStarr16
Okay so if you are a violator of a law you should not have a freedom of speech? We have our own perspective on anything so all our comments are maybe right. And that is what I am thinking of, if taking away their freedom speech is against human instinct.
Posted by MomoStarr16 on 04-18-2018
overcast
Freedom of speech is fine. But the action taken by people. They don't deserve to be in places where things can be that good among the good people. So we make choices based on what we can do and what we can't do. So things are based on that level. I'd say we learn from the experience and keep the company of safe people. So such profiles need to be deleted.
Posted by overcast on 04-19-2018
Corzhens
If you will look at the business side of social media networking sites, you will understand that any activity or any post gives them the benefit of earning money. When a profile is created, that means an activity will follow because the user will only create a profile when he has the intention to join. And if the profiles are filtered then the social media network will not be user-friendly anymore.
Posted by Corzhens on 04-18-2018
vinaya
You have a point. If a person joins the social networking site, he will create activity, activity will bring revenue to the site. Therefore, letting the profile remain active favors the owner. However, sometimes in order to please the large community, a few people must be punished. In order to make the community good, the bad apples must be removed. Here lies the importance of deleting the profiles of the people who harm the society.
Posted by vinaya on 04-19-2018
overcast
I think from the business side of the things. You can see that social media profile management is making the companies money. So data being sold they are making lot of money. And they are changing the outcome of the things. You can see that it may surely be something to see in that context. You have to understand that part for sure.
Posted by overcast on 04-19-2018
ballyhara
And that's part of the problem, because networks rather to keep making money, instead of trying to minimize a future damage. I know, restricting the profile won't bring back the dead ones, or will make their actions less violent, but at least it will block a source of violent information. Almost all of the killers we have out here right now, are getting information through internet, searching and learning what others did right or wrong, so they can do it more violent than the others. It's unbelievable a social media network support these actions, by keeping their information open to viewers.
Posted by ballyhara on 05-20-2018
overcast
I think we live a society where we get judged and punished lot quickly. So it's reasonable to make sure of the social media profile can be really that harder to manage. I have had my understanding that some of the time profiles can be something you have to understand as well. I have learned over a period of time that social media profiles need to be monitored. People need to take responsibility of their actions.
Posted by overcast on 04-19-2018
chatbox
I agree that the profile of people who have proven to have committed acts of terrorism and violence against innocent people have to be taken down. Social media platforms need to protect themselves and their members and it's only logical to delete accounts that could potentially harm the community. These people demonstrated deviant behavior that should never be considered normal and acceptable. If people want information about them, there are other online resources where they can find so much more information than what their social media accounts can provide.
Posted by chatbox on 04-19-2018
Kakashi2020
It's better to leave no traces behind for these mass murderers , all remnants of their existence should be removed and taken down by social media platforms. The society has no benefits from the continuous proliferation of such material that can be accessed or seen by other people on social media.
Posted by Kakashi2020 on 04-19-2018
ballyhara
True, and completely agree. When you search online, and you check how those killers planned everything, they all have searched and studied how to be more violent, how not to do mistakes others did, and how to accomplish their goal to kill more. They do it by getting information on those who did it before, because usually that information remains open to more guys, who will take the time to use their sick minds to be worst than others. All that information has to remain private, we don't solve the problem, but at least we don't give them more ideas.
Posted by ballyhara on 07-01-2018
junrose123
I think it is not really that easy to delete a certain profile at social media because of so many loopholes in the web, a certain file that was deleted can still be recovered or stored back again by people who knows about editing or hacking at the web. We are living now at the age of new modern technology where everything now is possible and people are becoming smart and more innovative in many ways.
Posted by junrose123 on 04-20-2018
vinaya
That's true. You cannot completely delete yours or someone else's digital footprints. Even if you delete, it will be stored somewhere in the servers. This is one of the drawbacks of the internet. Another drawback of internet is this can be used by wrong people to harm the society. These days you can see internet filled with terrorist messages. You cannot people to deliver their messages through the internet. There can be no absolute control.
Posted by vinaya on 05-10-2018
Anonymous
Deleting accounts and information is not a solution. Every event is part of our history even it is good or bad. There are other ways to achieve the goal they wanted.
Posted by Anonymous on 04-22-2018
NickJ
The correct move here is to think and ponder and consider what you're about to post on social media BEFORE, you post it. That way you won't have to go back and frantically delete or scrub all sorts of things later on when it comes back to bite you.
Posted by NickJ on 04-22-2018
reyolodge
Every happenings and ideologies even it is good or bad is part of our history. I agree that deleting some information and account can alter the history. It is not also an easy task we should think a more efficient and attainable solution.
Posted by reyolodge on 04-23-2018
Barida
I would have to say that it is not really nice to tamper with the social media accounts of people despite the fact that they are available or not. I mean the way that I am looking at such situations, I always look at the word privacy and how the developers of these social media networks react during a crisis situation to one or more of those that makes use of their accounts. It is quite unacceptable and not rational in my opinion for their accounts to be tampered with since that is going to make more people want to know about it.
Posted by Barida on 04-24-2018
albino
Deleting their account won't do any changes because they can still create another one using fake account or information. I think we should expect such things like that because the social media is growing and some privacy became weak because most of us wan't to be known or wan't to share something and express ourselves publicly. It is like a class you can't expect that all students in a classroom will have a good behavior but teachers also expects some idiots and rascals students on his/her class. So the best thing to is teach them a lesson or bring it to the guidance of law if needed.
Posted by albino on 04-30-2018
Steve5
I think that deleting their account is more of a temporary fix. Most of us will simply create another account. It's not something you can prevent. It's better to inform people of the dangers of spreading negativity in the internet.
Posted by Steve5 on 05-01-2018
Alexa
Deleting such accounts is necessary to stop people getting the wrong idea that what they did was okay. It's like banning Hitler's book in Germany, it's because some people get the wrong idea and it can inspire them. Social media isn't really just that any longer, it's public and is a marketing tool. It's all about how you choose to use it.
Posted by Alexa on 05-02-2018
Denis_P
I don't really think that it matters one way or the other. Some people have presented the idea that keeping the social media accounts up could convince others to commit similar acts of violence, but I think that's highly unlikely. If reading something on social media is enough to trigger violence and aggression in someone, then those characteristics were already present within the person. I think keeping the accounts around in one form or another, as a way of archiving information, could be valuable. I mean, the Unabomber's manifesto is available for sale on Amazon, and he was a notoriously violent criminal. It hasn't convinced people to go and start mailing bombs.
Posted by Denis_P on 05-03-2018
Pixie
I believe that it is a good initiative to delete the accounts of people who have committed violent acts. If we leave these accounts open then this may create a perception that whatever they did was not serious. Deleting the account proves that those people went against the law and whatever they did cause harm to the society or the world and this is not acceptable.
Posted by Pixie on 05-17-2018
Drean2002
I think it depends. Deleting your profile. It depends if you want to do it or not right? This decision should be made by the owner of the profile itself. Even if that person committed a violent act but still wants to keep the profile. Why let that person delete it? There must be a reason why that person committed a violent act. We should not criticize a person if we don't know that person is side. Another option, if that person doesn't like that profile to just stay there to be remembered by the violent acts that person made then that person should delete it if that person wants or if that person has an unreasonable answer of why that person did that.
Posted by Drean2002 on 06-29-2018
Chinet23
I agree that these profiles need to be taken down because it's like a turning a blind eye if we don't. We can no longer reverse the damage but we can prevent further damage by not allowing the minors to have access. There should be consequences on their violent act and should be isolated to stress that these are things that we don't easily get away with. There will still be virtual imprints definitely but lesser people can access it. I also believe that there's harm in being exposed to such things because our behavior is often motivated by what we feed our mind consciously or unconsciously.
Posted by Chinet23 on 07-27-2018
mark86
Deleting social medias of those cause of violent? I think I agree. This world is full of violence and adding new violence created by social media is unacceptable. Social media like facebook,instagram ,twitter etc were created for fun and extra tool of communication. Yes freedom of speech is always practicing there but not in the extent of creating violence.So many bashers and sometimes those people involved dont have courage to defend themselves and letting them to bash though they did not deserve it.
Posted by mark86 on 07-31-2018
NesMarcos
In my opinion, deleting the social media accounts of people who committed violent acts is a lot better. Social media is a place where we can express everything however, expressing good thoughts, fun and enjoyable things should matter most. If we let the social media accounts of the people who committed violent acts be posted still, it seems that we are indirectly promoting their unacceptable deeds to others.
Posted by NesMarcos on 08-09-2018
superlicca
I think it doesn't matter whether they delete their profile accounts or not. It will not change the fact that they did violent acts and it will not delete whatever bad image they left. Even if their profiles exist, people have the option of not browsing their profiles. And even if they delete them, they can easily create a new one.
Posted by superlicca on 09-09-2018
romy_ter
You guys are all correct. But we have to understand they will never stop just because we want to or report it, it's always "us" who will protect or account from everyone. Before, I thought having more friends on social media are awesome then i realised more people out there think of negative things about you and even gossip about you without knowing just because you post on your feed and its always negative for them and they don't want you to be. Its true social media are created to connect family around the world, relatives and friends - I meant real friends. And its good that from time to time they make updates for everyone's privacy to avoid stalking and have option to block toxic people. I joined social media to see all the happiness, sorrow of my real friends and family members that are from different places and willing to comfort them but not to be judged.
Posted by romy_ter on 09-10-2018
superlicca
Aside from the names that were mentioned, there are a lot of other criminals that you can see on Social media. Anything under the sun can be seen on Social media and that includes the reality in this world. That is why deleting their profile is useless. They can still create a new one and can be seen online.
Posted by superlicca on 09-13-2018