Social media can be a powerful agent for change but we wish one of its latest trends would make like MySpace and just go away. Public shaming – whether it’s targeting water wasters, bad parents, irresponsible pet owners or creepy park guys – is out of control.
The latest example is a man in New West’s Queen’s Park, who was accused of touching himself. Police investigated and found no proof of wrongdoing – but not before the man’s photo and defamatory post was shared more than 6,000 times.
There’s no doubt this kind of sharing of information online can help nab bad guys.
But let’s leave policing to our police and judging to our judges.