BAHRAIN TALK EXCLUSIVE FEATURE: SOCIAL MEDIA ABUSE IN THE GCC

Social media has become the most prominent issue of our modern day. The risks involved are high, but the users are relentless because of our contemporary “online” world. One case occurred in UAE, where it was reported that UAE were warning social media users that photographs taken online without consent would lead to jail time.

Social media has become the most prominent issue of our modern day. The risks involved are high, but the users are relentless because of our contemporary “online” world. One case occurred in UAE, where it was reported that UAE were warning social media users that photographs taken online without consent would lead to jail time. This case happened in July 2013, in which Dubai police put a man in jail for posting on the Internet a video of an Emirati beating a South Asian motorist. This is just one of many cases that occur each month and year due to social media abuse, on a global scale. Social media abuse starts with just a few simple words typed and posted on one of the various media applications, such as, Twitter, Facebook, and even video exposure on Youtube. These are the three major social media applications used on a daily basis. It can start with harmless comments on friends’ photos, and can lead to provocative, political discussion in which you best beware, because Big Brother IS watching you!

 

On the other hand, social media can be seen as a tool and means to stronger communication from the public. Due to social media, Bahrain has managed to respectively enhance its economic and social status through means of these media applications. However, it does spread political instability like wildfire and different opinions that have led many societal members in trouble. UAE managed to develop a great way of using social media as a tool for the betterment of their country by launching a nationwide “brainstorming campaign” on Twitter, where citizens expressed ideas on how to develop the country. This is a great way of promoting social media other than abusing it through provocative writing, videos, and speech. It is also a hindrance to nationalism. Whatever happened to the days of ones uniting for the better instead of the “It’s us against the world” attitude which promotes hate?

 

Social media abusers face a lot of contempt and risk. This is not only caused by political outlooks, but even on a daily basis with Facebook users causing anxiety and depression to people in their community or between friends. Liking, disliking, commenting, and writing harsh or inappropriate hate messages on one’s wall, is a common issue in society today. In Bahrain, social media abusers could start promoting the good in order to attract outside tourists in order to embrace the country and not make it seem like it is not pleasant to visit in our current days. Trying to avoid trouble with law enforcement, perhaps steering away from harsh and unnecessary commentary would be the solution. However, it is human nature for the right to freedom of speech. This leaves us in a dilemma; will social media abuse ever stop?

 

A personal piece of advice is steering clear from common applications such as Facebook and Twitter, as I have found in the past to be quite wonderful. As they say, too much of something is never good.

 

 

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