“Ever used Twitter to keep updated on a terror attack? Live updates, hearing from people who were at the scene: tick. But also, most infuriating place on the planet? TICK. Here are eight tips on how not to act like a dick on Twitter after a terror attack.
1. Don’t stereotype
When someone acts in the name of something, that doesn’t necessarily mean they are also acting on behalf of it. For example, when I refer to you as a dumbass, I am acting in the name of common sense, but not on behalf of it. Don’t blame an entire race or religion for the actions of one person.
2. Don’t jump to conclusions
Did you hear about how the twitter bird lost his facial features? Rumour has it when he was but a young’un, he tried to learn to fly by jumping from ignorance to a conclusion.
He was unsuccessful in his attempt and fell into a pit of fake news and alternative facts, where he made a deal with the devil to swap his features for the chance to try again; and this time, he vowed to do his research.
I’m lying, but I thought I would give you a taste of your own stupidity. Wait for accurate reports from reputable sources before tweeting your own theories.
3. Don’t take selfies at the scene
How about instead of taking a selfie, you just post a tweet saying: “I am an idiot.” You’re sending the same message and we don’t have to see your face. Win win, no?
4. Don’t post graphic pictures
Just think for a minute, how you might feel if your friend or family member had been injured, maimed, or killed in a horrible event. And then someone started tweeting pictures of your loved one, fighting for their life, around the internet. Might you be a bit upset? Yeah, thought so.
5. Don’t make a joke
It makes me sad that a punch line is the butt of a joke and not the line where it becomes acceptable for you to be punched. It’s NEVER okay to make a joke about a terror attack – not immediately after, not a few days later, not months down the line..
6. Don’t use it to promote yourself or your politics
He who steps on others to get to the top, doesn’t even skim the surface. Another person’s suffering should not be used as a platform for your personal gain, political or otherwise. If we are to survive these atrocities, we must bend down to pick people up, not stand up to kick people down.
7. Don’t use it to blame
Twitter’s logo may be a bird, but that doesn’t give you the right to crap on people. If your initial reaction to a terror attack is to blame or criticise anyone other than the known perpetrator, then you’ve got your priorities wrong. Don’t feed the hate when you have the power to fight back with love.
8. Don’t make it about you
Can you not immediately post a holiday snap of you in that city? Your cheesy smile on the River Thames really doesn’t have anything to do with it, and your tweet screams ‘look at me!’ more than whatever other message you think you are conveying.
At times like this we all need to take a pause, and think before we tweet.”