How not to be a D**K on social media: 3 tips for that one douche-bag we know

Can you imagine losing your job because you shared a screenshot of somebody’s Tinder profile?

Can you imagine going to prison because you posted something online as a bit of a joke?

Well, I’m sure that Chris Hall didn’t know what the consequences of this were going to be.

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Chris Hall’s original posted on Facebook, shared by ABC News (2015).

Chris lost his job because he shared this screenshot, you can listen to the details of the original story and podcast from Triple J Hack here

Henderson (2012, pp.3) explored the issues with building laws for social media; in particular for sex offenders in America and the access granted to social networking sites. In previous cases, we’ve seen some sex offenders manipulate the internet for their own sick intentions. This is why it is crucial that we get these things right.

On contrasted note, has someone ever breached your privacy, or have you posted, or shared something of somebody’s without their permission? Did they ask you to take it down? Then maybe you should have a listen to my interview with Dr. Deb Watson a research fellow at Macquarie University. Deb’s major project is based upon the processes of court reporting on criminal sexual assault trials, in particular on AFL players. Deb’s research background reaches far upon that, including the topics of sexting, and sexism, and gender representations across media sources.

If you’d like to know more about Deb, contact her through here

Or if you think my voice is boring, here’s a top 3 things to help avoid becoming a criminal.


  1. Think about what you’re posting. It sounds stupidly simple, although most people use social media for its function ability, that means; it’s quick and simple posting and publishing abilities. But just like you’d proof read an essay, proof read your piece. Consider this first in your proofing; is this really appropriate to post online, or will it come and bite me on the ass? Ever heard the saying “leave your racist grandma at home”? Well consider that but for social media terms.
  2. Know what the right plan of action is if your privacy is breached. Let’s say somebody posts something up of yours (like a naked selfie sent in confidence) and is refusing to take it down. As much as you probably don’t want to; screenshot it, and report it to the police immediately. This is against the law in Victoria; and it’s unfair on you. Which brings me to the final point.
  1. Don’t victim blame. As a high school student, sitting in sex-ed watching my 55+ year old high school teacher slip a banana on a condom was one of the most vivid memories, although I can also remember the local police coming in and lecturing us on sending “nudies”, and that “if you send a nudie, and it gets passed around, you’ve only got yourself to blame and there’s nothing we’ll do about it.” – Listen here Buffalo Bill; the times have changed, that is ILLEGAL, and it is NOT the victims fault.


It’s pretty clear that if you’re reading this, you probably got here via my Twitter, or through something on Deakin. I’m not trying to teach you how to suck eggs, but please.. PLEASE just consider what you post a little more cautiously. The world is watching, and the internet remembers everything *whispers* everything.

If you want more information about your privacy online, you can read more here.



“Lawstuff Australia – Know Your Rights – – Topics – Sexting”. N.p., 2016. Web. 8 Sept. 2016.

Lipschultz, J. H. “Book Review: The Social Media Handbook, Edited By Jeremy Hunsinger And Theresa Senft YOUTILITY, Why Smart Marketing Is About Help Not Hype, By Jay Baer Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook, How To Tell Your Story In A Noisy Social World, By Gary Vaynerchuk The Social Media Industries, By Alan B. Albarran Social Media And The Law: A Guidebook For Communication Students And Professionals, By Daxton R. Stewart”. Journalism & Mass Communication Educator 69.3 (2014): 329-331. Web.

McVeigh, Journalist. “Tinder Screenshot Gets Guy Fired”. triple j. N.p., 2015. Web. 8 Sept. 2016.

“Olivia Melville’s Tinder Profile”. ABC News. N.p., 2016. Web. 8 Sept. 2016.



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