social media vigilantism

Social Media: the stocks of the 21st century (and why we need more of it)

One of the effective uses of the stocks were that you had to face your community and be known and ridiculed for the transgression you were guilty of. ? Due to society growing to the point where we haven’t even said “hi” to our neighbours, the anonymity of people in general emboldens them to do things because they think they can get away with it.

But not if we use “digital stocks”:

Wairarapa shoplifters should expect to be shamed on Facebook, as retailers take to CCTV and social media to fight back.

Owner of Trev’s Sports in Queen St, Quentin Henderson, has twice turned to the community on Facebook to help identify shoplifters.

Last October, a teenage cat burglar who stole hundreds of dollars’ worth of goods owned up after CCTV images of the burglary was widely viewed on Facebook.

And last month, footage of two teenage girls shoplifting received 21,768 views.

Although not from Masterton, the girls were identified.

Mr Henderson said the community supported retailers by trying to help identify the shoplifters on social media.

A bit of crowd sourcing to identify scumbags will be very effective in putting the breaks on petty thievery. ? Read more »