Face­book re­form

The Sunday Telegraph - - Letters to the editor -

SIR – Lau­rence Dodds and Matthew Field’s re­port (Novem­ber 25) dis­cussed Sir Nick Clegg’s chal­lenges as the new head of global af­fairs and com­mu­ni­ca­tions at Face­book, help­ing Mark Zucker­berg an­swer ques­tions con­cern­ing the re­la­tion­ship be­tween the so­cial net­work­ing site and its users.

All too of­ten I am called to help folk re­duced to sorry states of anx­i­ety fol­low­ing neg­a­tive com­ments sent to them, or made about them, on so­cial me­dia. Such elec­tronic traf­fic can be the most cow­ardly form of com­mu­ni­ca­tion, a plat­form for those I call “mice with mega­phones” – peo­ple who are un­able, or too timid, to have a rea­soned and rea­son­able de­bate face-to-face.

Sir Nick’s first pri­or­ity should be to stem abuse on so­cial me­dia in the name of hu­man dig­nity, and en­able Face­book users to re­port it ef­fec­tively and hold the plat­form ac­count­able. His sec­ond pri­or­ity should be to pre­vent abuse of our per­sonal data.

Mr Zucker­berg once de­scribed him­self as the head of a com­mu­nity, to which I would humbly re­spond with words from 1 Thes­sa­lo­ni­ans 5:11: “There­fore en­cour­age one an­other and build each other up.”

May Face­book and other so­cial me­dia plat­forms be­come en­cour­ag­ing com­mu­ni­ties – and an ex­am­ple to oth­ers. Canon Alan Hughes

Ber­wick-upon-Tweed, Northum­ber­land

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