If you are the kind of person who not only loves to humiliate others publicly, but make it viral, through social networking like Facebook, you better think it twice before doing it again unless you don’t mind getting revoked from top Universities like Harvard — That’s right, colleges really are looking at your social media accounts.
However, if you’re not, just enjoy this story and share it with your bully friend: we all have or know one, so it’s on us to stop it.
What you give is what you get, even on Facebook!
So the Harvard University admission committee reportedly nullified at least ten admission offers into its fall freshman class after learning prospective students sharing sexually explicit and offensive messages in an online Facebook chat.
According to the Harvard Crimson, the school’s daily student newspaper, there was traded content related to pederasty, suicides and child molestation. In fact, the jokes were so aggressive, that although some professors pronounced against the ‘draconian punishment,’ there were no regrets and the decision was irreversible.
In any case, being the kind of human that tends to intimidate others could not be enough of an indicator as a potential candidate for Harvard, though, posting messages with that purpose via the official Facebook “College Admissions & Financial Aid Office” page of the University could actually be.
Indeed, It’s not just about the bully issue, but the lack of following and reading the rules, considering that the Facebook Harvard group notes: “As a reminder, Harvard College reserves the right to withdraw an offer of admission under various conditions including if an admitted student engages in behavior that brings into question his or her honesty, maturity, or moral character.”
Is Facebook doing something about cyber bullying?
So are social networks doing nothing against bullies? Facebook has been the protagonist of a couple of video diffusions showing how someone takes their own life, even on live streaming. Sadly, there are no more than just publicity campaigns about stopping the negative influence on someone else’s esteem over the Zuckerberg’s domain.
Nevertheless, since suicide has a direct relationship with the effect of the bad movers, or the classic bully, what Facebook is testing for diminishing self-destruction could be considered as part of an anti-bullying tool.
After consulting with experts on the matter, from psychologists to engineers, the social network is working on an AI-based pattern recognition system that focuses on certain behaviors (those previously been reported in suicides), and then giving the person in need the help to overcome their situation successfully.
For now, the tests are being conducted in the United States, in a very specific portion of users. However, it’s very hard to predict if it will work properly, built on the premise that one of the recent cases of suicide videos posted from around 40 minutes remained published on Facebook 10 days, in contrast with YouTube, who only did host the tragic film scene for roughly 15 minutes.
On the other hand, this could represent another stroke to online privacy. Would you let Facebook stalk you in order to help them identify suicidal behaviors? Tough decision, especially when rumors says they only want to get to know all of us for selling it.
In conclusion, it seems we have to work together, even on the Internet, needs to be respected. Do you imagine all the people living life in peace? You may say the Beatles are just dreamers, but they definitely are not the only ones.