Facebook Hidden Messages and Cyber Bullying
These hidden messages are actually quite hard to locate. You need to click Home at the top right of the page and then find the Messages section on the left hand side under Favourites. If you click on Messages, you will see the ‘Other’ option come up with a number beside it to denote how many items this folder contains. Update on Facebook’s Filtering system for Inbox and Other messages
When I checked mine out earlier this week, it contained over 20 communications from various people that I had not previously seen. One was a phone number from last year which someone had sent me because he wanted me to contact him but, because I had not seen his communication, I had not got in touch. One potential lost customer.
But there were a couple of other messages in there which were rather disturbing. The first had been left through a Facebook profile. It was a picture of a young lady in her late teens/early twenties. I will not give you her name but she does appear to have subscribed to my personal profile. It said:
Hello. Just a word in your ear. You’ve been contacting someone who is happy in there relationship obviously only you know your intentions but I just want to let you know that other peoples intentions won’t be so friendly if you don’t stop texting blokes who are attached. Ill be polite to start with. Let’s keep it like this…. yes? And keep your texts to yourself??
And then from the same day and a couple of days later, four anonymous messages which said:
A friend of mine would appreciate you to (STOP) texting her Fiance!
He has a LOT to lose and he WILL lose it.
Unless you constantly text other womens fella’s am sure you will know which 1 Im talking about.Scram!
This also includes ALL contact.
And the ridiculous thing is that what jumped out most was the poorly placed apostrophe.
I was a little bemused to say the least since I am not aware of texting any blokes other than my dearly beloved and some clients in that timeframe – hell, I even went into my inbox to check that there was nothing there which might have been misconstrued.
It does highlight the issue of cyber bullying though. I was sufficiently upset by the tone of these messages to check my texts even though I knew I hadn’t done anything. So imagine how Nicola Brooks must have felt when she was targeted on Facebook by anonymous abusers.
From the BBC
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