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Wednesday, August 04, 2010

More dangers of social networking

Meanwhile a Conservative Councillor in Essex has ably demonstrated why it is necessary (a) to be very careful what you post on social networking sites and (b) why you should check your facebook privacy settings so that people are not reading what you write who are not meant to.

In this case Neil Rockliffe, who represents Chafford and North Stifford on Thurrock Council, has got himself into trouble for describing the ward he represents as "Chaffrica" on Facebook. As if to compound the problem he added: "Thinking that the scriptwriters of Eastenders must live on Chafford Hundred...has all the ingredients...murderers, rapists, concerned ethnic minorities, gay men etc, etc...."

Councillor Rockliffe has now apologised, insisting that that the reference to "Chaffrica" was a comment about his garden, and how overgrown it is:

He added: "The comment had been blown out of all proportion and taken out of context. It wasn't a public comment and I'm not a career politician."

Asked to respond to his references to "murderers, rapists, concerned ethnic minorities (and) gay men," the councillor said: "If you look at the date of the Eastenders comment on Facebook and the episode that went out that night, they were issues in part of that programme."

He said he did not know how the remarks could have got into the public domain but he said they had now been removed.

He said: "I apologise for any offence caused."

It's the fact that he seems to think that being BME or gay is equivalent to being a murderer or a rapist that worries me.
Social networking isn't a problem, it's making daft comments that's the problem. It's no coincidence that the Tories specialise in this more than any other party. The fact is that a large proportion of them are simply bastards putting on a front for the public. They can't maintain the pretence in (what they think is) private.
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