Over the last year or so, social media sites have been attacked for allowing users to post abuse about other people onto their sites. Not stopping abuse using arguments about freedom of speech is ignoring the responsibilities that go with the right to freedom of speech.
Online social media has grown enormously over the last few years. Nevertheless it is still just a way for people to contact each other. Although it facilitates friendships, business contacts and more, ultimately physical contact will remain more important.
A Facebook page honouring road crash victims may lead to the prosecution of the privileged perpetrator who caused the crash – who may otherwise have escaped. This is contrasted with the guilty verdict against Moshe Katsav of Israel and the importance of a corruption free justice system.
News about the apparent demise of Delicious serve as a case study on the importance of checking emerging news stories as part of competitive intelligence monitoring. It can be dangerous to make strategic decisions without ensuring that news items are accurate, irrespective of the reliability of the news source.