Joe's Viewpoint: Social Media - WDAM-TV 7-News, Weather, Sports-Hattiesburg, MS

Joe's Viewpoint: Social Media

Social media, Facebook and Twitter are all dynamic ways to communicate. Unfortunately, they are also ways for people to say things they would never say to your face.

We get lots of posts to our Facebook page and occasionally I receive complaints concerning improper or rude posts.

Due to the sheer volume of posts and comments on our social media pages every day, we cannot guarantee we will catch every offensive comment, but we will act when we see abusive or obscene language, and certainly if they are brought to our attention.

Aside from such obvious violations, what constitutes an offensive comment is subjective. To remove unpopular opinions could be seen as censorship.

The fact is, we feel you should be able to express your opinion – whether we or others agree with it or not.

The real problem is the loss of civility - on the web. Some people feel it gives them the forum to say whatever they want, anyway they want, and that's a shame.

We feel social media is a powerful and valuable way to share thoughts, feedback and ideas, and it's here to stay.

We hope more people sharing their opinions will set a good example by doing so in a constructive and civil way.  

This is today's viewpoint.

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