Chaos with one tweet

Chaos started with one tweet by Justine Sacco stating, “Going to Africa. Hope I don’t get AIDS. Just kidding. I’m white!”. People who saw this tweet found it extremely racist, how could someone joke about not getting AIDS because they are white? this is the question I’m assuming many people have asked when reading her tweet. Justine Sacco didn’t have many followers, but somehow her tweet managed to spread across twitter and this became a huge issue. Justine Sacco got fired from her job she loved and felt that she shamed her family. This shows that even with a few amount of followers, nothing is only limited to only them, no social media will be entirely private. One tweet that maybe was a joke in Justine’s mind, wasn’t to some people viewing this tweet and finding it offensive. I’m not saying you shouldn’t be able to express what you feel or think, but the person should have some respect to what they are saying on the internet and who it would possibly offend.

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4 thoughts on “Chaos with one tweet

  1. I totally agree with being able to say what you feel, but people need to understand the consequences of their words. I mentioned in my blog about how sarcasm isn’t necessarily the easiest thing to portray in 140 characters. Also how we need to understand that our audience on twitter is not just who we choose it to be, it is the whole twitter world!

  2. i totally agree with you! Your summary of what happened with Justine was really good. It is true that no matter what you put online, nothing is ever private. Even though you change your profile to “private,” there is still a way for your information to get out there.

  3. “Justine Sacco didn’t have many followers, but somehow her tweet managed to spread across twitter and this became a huge issue. Justine Sacco got fired from her job she loved and felt that she shamed her family.”– No matter who popular you are on social media, controversy will always find its way to the masses.

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