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Respect the Freedom of Words

Sawyer Ryan, Pepperdine studentSocial media has become an increasingly popular outlet for people in this day and age to express their thoughts, opinions, and feelings about a variety of items. Most posts are usually harmless but there have also been some instances where issues of legitimate intentions to harm or danger society have been stated. While there have been few people who have both made serious statements threatening harm or danger and then actually carried out their harmful intentions, there have been cases recently where after harm was caused,…

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  • Influencers | Social Media , Pepperdine Student Comments
  • Sep 20, 2017

Did you make the whitelist?

WhitelistingUsing influencers is a great way for brands to reach their targeted audience on social media without using excessive pop-up ads.  However new forms of any medium bring new obstacles. 

One obstacle would be that influencers are people and that their behavior and social engagement is uncontrollable.  Anything that they say, tweet, hashtag, post, etc. all of a sudden becomes associated with the brands that they represent.  Another problem would be that they often pull followers of all kinds—not necessarily just the group that a brand may want to…

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  • Influencers | Social Media
  • Sep 20, 2017

“Clear and Present Danger” Pertaining to Social Media

Madison Harwell, Pepperdine student In 2013, a 16-year old student in Ottawa, Canada was arrested for making bomb threats to multiple schools across North America and a few in Canada. On Twitter with the handle of @ProbablyOnion the teen regularly tweeted about his bomb threats and asked for Twitter suggestions on who he should “swat” next. “Swatting” is the act of calling in false emergencies to 9-1-1. Eventually, investigators located the boy and he faced 60 criminal charges including “conveying false information with intent to alarm” after 30 false…

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  • Influencers | Social Media , Pepperdine Student Comments
  • Sep 19, 2017

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