Wed­ding guest crit­i­cism of bride on Face­book quite sim­ply a step too far

The Kerryman (South Kerry Edition) - - OPINION -

SIR,

The new year brings an­other of those true ‘but it couldn’t be true’ sto­ries where a guest used Face­book to crit­i­cize a bride for not al­low­ing chil­dren at the wed­dings. Surely on the day it’s the bride’s day and only her day, although maybe, par­tially, her part­ner has some mi­nor in­put. A wise part­ner knows not to take up that op­tion!

There are so many com­po­nents of this story that would have an eti­quette ex­pert suf­fer­ing a break­down. Peo­ple should re­spect their host’s wishes or po­litely de­cline the in­vi­ta­tion and not blast them on Face­book. Surely the ac­cepted stan­dard is to look at the good parts of any event.

The un­der­ly­ing con­cern is again the use of Face­book as a medium of ‘at­tack’ and voic­ing a neg­a­tive view. There is no way that Face­book is go­ing to be able to cen­sor this type of out­burst when they are un­able to pre­vent racism, fake news and worse.

It’s time to use Face­book for fam­ily pho­tos, brag­ging about travel and, maybe, cat pho­tos. Sin­cerely,

Den­nis Fitzger­ald, Mel­bourne, Aus­tralia.

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