I just got the same warning from my kids' schools in my inbox.Schools across the country are warning parents to keep their children off devices after a live-streamed video of an apparent suicide was shared on social media.
It seems like there are increasing incidents of ultra-graphic violence or damaging material loaded onto digital platforms and the platforms are either ill-equipped to combat it or ideologically opposed to preventing it.
Here in New Zealand on March 15, 2019 an Australian ultra right-winger and steroid and gun freak murdered 51 Muslims. He live-streamed it because he could. There was a flurry of activity by many leaders around the world but nothing seems to have been done, because freedom, and because business, and because free-speech.
To me, Western civilisation is is at a tipping point. There is still such a strong belief in libertarianism and free speech that murders and deaths are now live-streamed to potentially billions of people worldwide and no-one appears to give a fudge. No-one has the nuts to cut Zuckerberg's balls off, or those of that plum from Twitter.
The digital economy is causing mayhem worldwide because legislation is incredibly slow to respond. Facebook, Twitter, TikTok? They are almost faceless. In my day snuff movies were talked about but were they even real? I think they were an urban myth but today you just have to pick up your phone and there they are.
Some people believe we live in the height of enlightened times. I don't think so.
https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/educat ... cial-media