It's a fact that people communicate things on social networks that they would not if they had to pick up the phone and give someone (or 300 someones) a call. For example, no one would have known that Queen is now my children's favorite band, if not for Facebook. And, really, everyone would have gone about their daily lives no more or no less fulfilled without that knowledge. But sometimes these Facebook and Twitter shout-outs become much more than a vent.
In the case of the bong-hit baby that appeared on Facebook, child services got involved thanks to a very dumb move on the part of the mother. Bad parenting was revealed, and there were consequences that would not have occurred had FB not been available.
But in the case of the death of two-year-old Yazmina Acar, Facebook couldn't save her life, even though her impending death was announced in a status update.
For reasons that most people will never be able to comprehend, Yazmina's father, Ramazan Acar, went on Facebook and posted "bout to kill ma kid" before stabbing the toddler in the chest and leaving her in the woods to die a long and painful death. Acar also sent his daughter's mother a text message telling her she would not get her daughter back and asking her whether she would rather Yazmina die in a car crash or by stabbing.
One would think these were cries for help, but nothing stopped this madman from murdering his daughter out of revenge because the mother of the girl left him. Because crazy is crazy, no matter how much technology is involved. As he put it:
"How does it feel to not have your child when I did not have mine for three months?" he told her, the Australian Associated Press reports. "I loved you Rachelle and look what you've made me do," he reportedly said.
So a sicko announces what he's done via a social network, or what he's about to do, but it doesn't stop him in his tracks as he writes "bout to kill ma kid" to his online friends. The report doesn't say if his batshit crazy status update was followed by pleas to call a friend, to stop and think, to spare his daughter's life. In fact, I can't imagine what I would say if one of my FB friends posted that. Most likely I would think it was an expression of frustration, and not an announcement of what that friend was going to do once he logged off.
I suppose the only upside to announcing his intentions to murder on FB, is the fact that there is a solid case against him and he will rot in prison. Which is a very sad upside, indeed.
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