Freedom of Facebook

Facebook has recently come under attack for failing to enforce its own guidelines on hate speech and violent imagery. Is it a website’s job to moderate the content its users post, or should users have complete freedom? Is there a happy medium? If so, how would you structure it?

Hmmm… Facebook freedom? There are some things that shouldn’t be allowed on Facebook such as videos or images of people taking drugs or pornography.

However, there are certain videos that should be permitted like the PETA video which can be considered violent. These raise awareness of issues that need to be addressed. Videos that are promoting violence should be censored.

Whilst Freedom of Speech is important, I do not believe that hate-fuelled propaganda should be permitted, particularly on websites.

Facebook must enforce guidelines about hate speech and certain violent imagery. However, like I said, when the images or videos are attempting to stop the violence that they portray, it is not inciting violence and therefore should be allowed. This is just my opinion.

Some Facebook users may argue that young children are using the site however, it has an age restriction of 13 which is an age where a certain level of emotional maturity has been reached. The videos are not only available on Facebook, they are available on YouTube as well. If parents are concerned then I think they should monitor their children’s use of the internet full stop.

There is never a ‘happy medium’ as there will always be people who argue that not enough has been done or the site is too restricting.

Facebook is striving to maintain the level of freedom that its users have. With regards to videos, Facebook should match its guidelines to those of YouTube. Facebook should enforce a ban that encourages users to refrain from hate speech considering discrimination is against the law.

In conclusion:

1. It is difficult to monitor what can or can’t be said without breaching Freedom of Speech but when opinions clearly overstep laws, such as hate speech, bans must be put in place.

2. Videos are monitored on Facebook already. However Youtube, Facebook, Twitter and other social networks should work together to produce a set of rules that all of the networks abide by.

Reviewing Viral Videos

Gangnam Style

I don’t like Gangnam Style but people seem to enjoy doing the dance. I prefer the spoof Eton Style:

Harlem Shake

The Harlem Shake makes me smile, not laugh. It’s not a dance, it’s a shake. I’m not even sure how to describe why people do it, but then why do people do the Gallon Smash? Who knows?

Gallon Smash

Whilst this makes me laugh, it is a waste of milk and I feel sorry for the people who get the milk on their clothes.

Goat Remixes

I saved the best for last. Goats have talent that surpasses even Taylor Swift’s singing skills. It will take you by surprise if you haven’t seen it before but after a while it no longer becomes funny so I advise that you only watch two minutes of the above video. If you haven’t watched any of the videos on this post, I recommend that you watch this one. Forget all your problems and issues because goats can sing and soon they will take over the world.

YOUTUBERS WORTH PROCRASTINATION TIME

The following are a few YouTubers that I watch/watched and some recommendations from friends/other bloggers:

http://www.youtube.com/user/MarcusButlerTV?feature=watch

Hallo! MarcusButlerTV. I just – I can’t even begin – I DON’T KNOW HOW TO TELL YOU HOW HILARIOUS HE IS! His latest video ‘Mothers are annoying’ summarises some of the most annoying qualities of a mother. Obviously, he couldn’t fit them all into one video.

http://www.youtube.com/user/JacksGap

JACKSGAP is aptly tag-lined ‘5 minutes of your life that you won’t get back.’ With almost 1.5 million subscribers, Jack Harries and his twin brother Finn are British Youtube Awesomes. An ‘Awesome’ is a person who takes the adjective ‘awesome’ to another level and therefore becomes the embodiment of the noun.

http://www.youtube.com/user/dailygrace

DailyGrace is the channel of Grace. Obviously. She vlogs ‘everyday! Five days a week!’ For those of you who don’t spend EVERY SECOND on YouTube, a vlog is a video blog. She does things a little differently: Monday (Random), Tuesday (Commenting on comments), Wednesday (Reviewing), Thursday (How To) and (Sexy) Friday. Grace is hilarious… she has self-deprecating humour and has no problem with hazing her new viewsers. (Watch a few of her videos and you’ll understand)

http://www.youtube.com/user/ItsWayPastMyBedTime

ItsWayPastMyBedTime is the home of Carrie Fletcher. Fletcher, you say? Why yes, Carrie is the younger sister of…drumroll please…Tom from McFly. Carrie’s style is not suited to everybody, as with most YouTubers. However, her music, enthusiasm and guests (such as The Vamps) make her videos fun to watch. She isn’t one of my favourites but her popularity on Youtube earned her a place on this post.

I haven’t watched these vloggers yet but a friend said that they’re good so check them out:

http://www.youtube.com/user/swoozie06?feature=watch

http://www.youtube.com/user/JustinJamesHughes?feature=watch