Twitter terror

Bad side of the Internet


The Internet is both a wonderful and a terrible creation. There is good and there is evil. Though some may say the good far outweighs the evil, the evil still exists.
One of the best things about the Internet is social media. Facebook allows you to connect with all of your friends and family and Twitter allows you to express your random thoughts, go on endless rants and cyber-stalk your favorite celebrities.
But just as you can reach out to anyone on the World Wide Web, others can also reach out to you, even terrorist organizations.
The Islamic State group alone has reportedly managed at least 46,000 known Twitter accounts between September and December of 2014, according to CNet.
Social media is the perfect platform for terrorist groups such as the Islamic State group to spread their message and recruit members into their organization.
Many of these accounts are immediately shut down by website officials. But, anyone that uses the Internet knows that all it takes is a couple of seconds for a message to spread.
Which leads us to another bad side of the Internet, cyberbullying, which is a newer form of bullying.
Before the Internet, kids who were bullied at school looked forward to going home on Fridays and getting away from the negativity until the next Monday. That isn’t possible anymore.
Kids nowadays don’t have a safe haven. The bullying doesn’t stop at school, because their social media accounts are constantly bombarded with messages from their bullies.
People may argue  that deleting their accounts will solve the problem, but what about the nasty rumors spread about them? The threatening posts on Twitter, Facebook, etc.? Those can never be unseen.
Unfortunately, seven in 10 young children have experienced cyberbullying of some sort reported that it has severely affected their self esteem and social lives, according to a poll done by Ditch The Label in 2013.
Ryan Halligan (1989-2003), Megan Meier (1992-2006), Jessica Logan (1990-2008), Hope Witsell (1996-2006), Tyler Clementi (1991-2010) and Amanda Todd (1996-2012) are only six of the many people who have fallen victim to cyber-bullying and didn’t make it out alive, according to the No Bullying website.
The Internet is being used as a weapon instead of a helpful tool by Twitter terrorists and cyberbullies, and that is a problem that this technology obsessed generation needs to address.