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From illegal downloads of movies and music, to free access to pornographic and tendentious material (even information on how to build bombs), technology advancement – while creating new age entrepreneurs – has also done to death many innovative ideas apart from criminally promoting anti-social concepts, products and behaviour. Illegal downloads are one part of it (the movie Avatar being the latest victim, like innumerable others), what cuts the waste deeper is anonymous/falsified blogging, tweeting and social profile usage on sites like MySpace, Facebook, Orkut and others.
While on one hand, these and many other social profiling sites have generated mass hype (viral marketing, if you may) as being the next ‘big thing’ on the Internet, on the other hand, not only have these sites promoted slanderous and defamatory posting of content by anonymous users, they have also gone ahead to claim that they cannot be taken to task over such content being posted by anonymous users as they (the sites) support freedom of speech! But things are changing. Countries like China, Iran and others have in one shot brought erstwhile know-all search engines like Google to their knees. India even arrested and jailed the CEO of an auction portal (owned by e-Bay.com), which hosted pornographic content under similar irreverent premises of non-responsibility. A National Institute of Mental Health supported research proved that increased use of the net was associated “with decreased family communication and reduced size of local social circle,” apart from loneliness and increased depression. Consequences? In UK, in March 2010, a 33 year old was jailed after admitting to kidnapping, raping and murdering the teenager he met on Facebook using a fake Facebook profile. Take that for the hackneyed freedom of speech Mr. Zuckerberg.
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