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Issue 166 - November, 2013 (2nd Edition) - Page 9

Facebook Hate Campaign Against Keely Currie

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Vitriolic Facebook Pages and circulating messages call for violence and retribution against a young woman who supposedly posted a very disrespectful anti-war message about soldiers who died for their country.

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Brief Analysis
It is not clear if Keely actually wrote the post or it was the work of another person out to discredit her. Comments from other users claim that Keely’s ex-boyfriend wrote the message as vengeance for being dumped. In another post claiming to be by Keely, she denies writing the message. However, in yet another post claiming to be from her, she does admit writing the post and offers an apology. Nevertheless, publishing such hate pages and sharing information from them without knowing if the girl is actually responsible for the message is immoral and irresponsible.  In fact, even if she did write the message, this sort of vile hate campaign is simply wrong.

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Example
Keely Currie Post

Detailed Analysis
A message going viral via social media purportedly shows a Facebook post by a young woman named Keely Currie in which she speaks very disrespectfully about soldiers who died in service to their country. The message says that the girl does not feel bad about those who lost their lives in service because "nobody told them to go to war" and "they got what was coming to them".



The message has caused outrage across Facebook and has generated a vitriolic hate campaign against the girl. Several hate filled Facebook pages have been created in response to the message. The pages and circulating messages call for the continued harassment of the girl and in some cases even threaten violent retribution against her.

However, it remains unclear if Keely actually wrote the words attributed to her.  Another scenario is that the post was written by some morally bankrupt person set on discrediting her and causing her problems.

A number of people maintain that it was a disgruntled ex-boyfriend who posted the message in her name.

This ex-boyfriend or another perpetrator may have gained access to Keely’s Facebook account and posted the hateful message.  Or the message may have been posted from a cloned profile.

Keely also posted a message denying that she wrote the post and noting that she felt scared by the stream of accusatory messages berating her. She suggests that someone must have taken her picture and details and created a fake Facebook profile.

However, in another message attributed to her, she admits that she posted the original message and apologised for her actions. But, as with the original post, it remains unclear if Keely wrote the apology post or it was the work of another.

Regardless, this sort of nasty hate campaign is inherently dangerous. It is both irresponsible and immoral to post and share hate messages without concrete and verifiable proof that the targeted person really did pen the offending message.

Such social media vendettas can destroy the lives of innocent people. It is high time that all social media users started to take responsibility for what they post and share.  What people post and share can do real damage to the lives of real people and those posting and sharing should make damned sure that they have their facts straight.

Many social media users just blindly share whatever comes their way without making any attempt whatsoever to verify the claims in the shared message. It is by this mechanism that posts such as this spread so widely and so quickly.  Thus, if the claims in such a message do turn out to be false and do have a detrimental impact on the lives of those accused, every person who shared it is as equally responsible as the person who created it.

Perhaps this girl did write the words attributed to her. But, a violent and vindictive hate campaign against her is not a reasonable, sensible or mature way to counter her opinions. Which ever way you look at it, such hate campaigns are just plain wrong.

Denial post from Keely:

Keely Denial Message


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Last updated: November 12, 2013
First published: November 12, 2013
By Brett M. Christensen
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