In our day and age where our use of social media platforms is extremely prevalent in our everyday lives, we continuously need to be careful and aware of what we’re saying online. A viewpoint can be taken where our real life persona and online persona are different, in the sense that what we say in person might not be necessarily okay to say online, where we basically leave behind a digital footprint of ourselves, anything we post or share with the world via the internet is basically there forever, for everyone to see, and this can be dangerous.
A case which explores this is that of League of Legends player Justin Carter, who was arrested following his comments made to another player on Facebook after a match on League of Legends, the comments were viewed as “terrorist” and landed Carter in jail, where he suffered countless abuse from other inmates, the full article can be viewed here: http://www.pcgamer.com/league-of-legends-player-mouths-off-gets-arrested-for-making-a-terroristic-threat/
It’s interesting to think that an innocent gamer who claimed he was just making a joke out of anger to another person ended up in such a terrible situation. It really shows that once you post something online there’s no going back, there’s no way to know who is going to see your online persona, the internet is so non-linear and you never know if what you say online could end up being life changing, for better or worse.