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petunia Mon 29-Jul-19 10:05:28

Read a really interesting article today about the power of Twitter. The article spoke of two individual cases. One was the sacking and subsequent reinstatement of an individual who had been accused of certain irregularities. He was sacked before the irregularities could be investigated and found to be false. The second was the accusations made by “Nick”, costing millions of pounds in legal costs, severe damage to the integrity of person both living and dead and caused ripples of panic and fear along the way. Both cases were fuelled by posts on Twitter.

I do have a Twitter account but I use it to follow people of interest to me-by that I mean politicians, various groups and pressure groups, and of course my own MP. Most of the time the posters post inane drivel but sometimes I am stunned by the comments that are put there-I'm looking at you-my MP. Accusations, counter accusations, undermining individuals, sometimes out right liable. Another potential evil is Facebook where my local councillors, after years in the wastelands see fit to use any opportunity to hurl personal criticism at the previous administration and to use that platform to endlessly push their own brand of politics

And I wonder sometimes, if in the excitement of a discussion, the individuals posting get carried away and forget the potential wider audience, all to score a point. Most of the time it doesn't matter. But sometimes, it really does. Reputations get tarnished and even if its later retracted, mud sticks.

I'm beginning to wonder whether it might be wise for people in the public eye to be strongly advised not to have a twitter account at all. You might say to me, don't look at the posts if they annoy me so much, but that isn't the point. Online posts don't ever go away and somewhere down the line, someone can bring together these posts and use it against you.

Gonegirl Mon 29-Jul-19 10:07:10

I dolike a lot of the "inane drivel". Makes twitter for me.

dragonfly46 Mon 29-Jul-19 10:08:53

I certainly think Trump's twitter account does not do him any favours. I am personally not on Twitter as I find most Tweets inane and I have not noticed infighting on FB by local councillors.

Jane10 Mon 29-Jul-19 10:18:23

I like the friendly daft stuff on twitter. I don't follow any politicians. I've made and even met friends on twitter. Like any other online forum it's up to you what you post.

EllanVannin Mon 29-Jul-19 10:55:08

I don't have a Twitter account but I follow certain threads which involve law, etc. to keep abreast of any further advance with an on-going case.

MaizieD Mon 29-Jul-19 11:22:57

I've been on twitter for a number of years. I find it a mix of very helpful information, some amusing stuff and some absolutely horrific! I wouldn't be without it though.

BlueBelle Mon 29-Jul-19 13:44:08

I don’t get twitter I ve said this before I had another try after the last twitter thread and still don’t understand it

sodapop Mon 29-Jul-19 14:32:32

You and me both Bluebelle
Gransnet is the closest I get to social media. smile

POGS Mon 29-Jul-19 16:01:06

twitter is like most things a source for good or bad.

I am however always surprised how much some people take for granted the truth and honesty of reading, posting links to somebody on twitter who could be a fat bloke sitting in a chair dribbling salad cream down his chin to make their point. Why do some people accept the word of anonymous people so easily?

As David Cameron said-

' Too many tweets makes a twat'.

Before all hell breaks loose twat is not a crude word necessarily only to those who think it is, or choose to make it so.