Think before you tweet
We live in a world where technology is at the forefront of our daily routine, yet we don’t realise the power we have – quite literally – at our fingertips. We are now constantly connected; these online platforms have become an extension of our lives, and we have, perhaps, lost the ability to distinguish our ‘online’ from our ‘offline’ lives. ‘Moments’, borne out of emotion, frustration; casual comments or immature remarks, in the click of a mouse or flick of a finger, are there for the world to see: formalised and permanent.
When it comes to recruitment, candidates are increasingly judged on their past online posts. The case of Paris Brown illustrates this. At 17-years-old, Paris was the first Youth Police Crime Commissioner. However, after just six days, she resigned from her role over comments she had posted on twitter – which could be interpreted as homophobic and racist – dating back to when she was as young as 14. In an interview, she admitted of having ‘fallen into a trap of behaving with bravado on social networking sites’, but denied she held these views. A Google search for ‘Paris Brown’ today still lists, within the top five results, a Daily Mail article from 2013 calling her ‘foul-mouthed’ and ‘offensive’. Thus, the stigma attached to these comments could follow Paris for the rest of her career.