NEW DELHI: In this tech-savvy age, there is almost nobody who would not have its presence on Facebook or probably is unaware about this unique social-media platform.
While it connects people from all walks of life across the globe, Facebook is today becoming an important tool for even the police to nab the criminals.
In a recent episode, a Telugu movie actress was driving in Hyderabad earlier this week when two men on a motorbike allegedly harassed her and tried to block her path and made obscene gestures.
29-year-old Karnani managed to film the men in her phone and then posted their pictures on her Facebook page.
The actress then asked her friends and followers to share the pictures which included the license plate of the bike.
“Show them some love guys! SHARE SHARE SHARE,” she wrote on her wall with the pictures to which over 10, 000 people obliged.
The Hyderabad Traffic Police was tagged in all the pictures she posted that drew the attention of not only the critics, but also officials.
The Hyderabad Police then traced the men with the help of the SHE TEAM, which watch eve-teasers, and arrested them with the help of photographs and bike details.
An online social networking service, Facebook, launched in 2004 by Mark Zuckerberg with his college roommates and fellow Harvard University students since 2006 allows anyone to be a registered user of website who is at least 13 years of age. However, the age requirement may be higher depending on applicable laws.
Facebook has undoubtedly touched each one’s life and also affected the social life of people in different ways.
With its availability on almost all smartphones, Facebook allows its addicts to endlessly stay in touch with friends, relatives and other acquaintances wherever they are in the world, as long as there is an access to the Internet.
Not only this, Facebook also connects people with common interests or beliefs through groups and other pages, and has been known to bring back together lost family members and friends because of the extensive reach of its network. One of the best examples for the same is recent Nepal earthquake that left the country devastated and killed over 6, 000 while the count is still on.
The tragic earthquake in Nepal once again united people from different corners of the world and connect after the chaos on social media, primarily Facebook.
On Saturday, when the earthquake had hit the country, Facebook activated a feature called Safety Check, which it launched in October that helped people track their friends and family in the region. It works like:
On the basis of the location of the Facebook user, it tags that user as being in the region affected by the earthquake and informs the friends of the user. When that user checks his Facebook, he can mark himself as ‘safe,’ which is also communicated to his friends.
When Rape Victims Struggled to Find Rapists on Facebook
In 2012, A British man used the social networking giant to track down a man who allegedly raped his wife as a schoolgirl. He approached him on Facebook and the judicial procedures then followed after which the accused was arrested after 10 years of raping the woman in an alleyway.
In another recent case in India, Hyderabad based social-activist Dr. Sunitha Krishnan uploaded the videos of six men taking turns to gang-rape two women and filming the incident on their phones on YouTube. She shared the same on Facebook in February this year.
Within no time, the videos had gone viral forcing the Supreme Court to order a CBI investigation into the matter. The video that showed the rapists smiling and posing for the camera after the incident gained severe criticism from the people who went furious to arrest the culprits.
The activist named her initiative as #ShameTheRapistCampaign where she asked the viewers to help in identifying the rapists.
The arrests in the case were made soon after that.
According to the repots, Krishnan was flooded with at least 90 more videos of rape following her campaign on Facebook and other social media platforms, mostly submitted by rape survivors who had till now remained silent in fear of stalking and social shame. In all these videos the attackers have shot the victim getting raped.
There are several Facebook pages that talk about rape victims, helps in identifying rapists etc. Here are some of them:
There is no doubt that the power of Facebook works for a social good and has turned from a ‘good to have’ tool to a ‘must have’ tool.
Also, is social media becomes a vehicle for personal safety; it would definitely attract users to check their updates even more frequently which could help them in several ways.