Something's Rotten in the State of Facebook
content warning: domestic terrorism
A friend posted the following on Wednesday:
Dear everyone posting That Video to Facebook today: Yes, there was another shooting. VA this time, caught on live news.
Yes, the murderer (no, he doesn't deserve to be named) filmed his victims' deaths and immediately posted them to his Facebook and Twitter.
No, you're not obligated to help him out by publicizing them. All that does is put attention on the wrong person, make the victims' friends and families miserable, inspire imitators, and give the murderer exactly what he wanted. So please, knock it off.
He was more timely than I, but I've still got a few short things to add on.
In the days since, we've learned that the killer wrote a manifesto calling for a race war. This is probably good grounds for rounding up everyone who helped to publicize the last killer who wrote a manifesto calling for a race war, and give them a stern talking-to about how, yes, their carelessness has real