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Twitter Privacy Invasion

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Did you ever think that Twitter could be used for a negative purpose? As amazing as this social outlet has become, recently there has been a devastating incident involving the use of twitter. A college student at Rutger’s University by the name of Dharun Ravi tweeted that he had a video of his roommate Tyler Climenti and another young man in a private act that was never meant to be seen by anyone. Ravi set up hidden cameras in the room along with the help of a friend in an attempt to snoop on Climenti to find out why he needed the room to himself for a few hours at night. Once Climenti found out that his private dorm room rendezvous was streamed all over the web for all of cyberspace to see, he tragically committed suicide by jumping off the George Washington bridge. Many are saddened by this story, and it makes me wonder if there are just too many technological outlets out there that let anyone post whatever they desire without any limitations. Ravi took a joke too far and invaded his roommate’s privacy without any hesitation because the use of Twitter made it far too easy for him to do so.

Written by corinnpiazza

October 11, 2010 at 1:22 am

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  1. I agree that Twitter and other technological advancements are making it very easy to invade people’s privacy, but most people know what boundaries should not be crossed. If we had a survey at Marist College, I strongly believe that the majority of the students would say that they simply use things like Twitter and FaceBook to connect with their friends and celebrities. The Rutgers incident is a very sad and extreme example of misusing these advancements, but hopefully with the mass coverage of the event, people are aware of the consequences of invading someone’s privacy and will not help it occur again.


    October 11, 2010 at 8:34 pm

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