The New Social Media has become a very important tool for all of us, especially for us Filipinos. New Social Media specifically the social networking were one of the main reasons why all the news about “ondoy” spread instantly; from the rescue operations, to videos of disasters to donation.. the new social media became an instant help for all of us, but what if it instantly becomes the threat to your life??

Jacque Bermejo (a Filipina worker in Dubai) became an instant celebrity over the last few days because of the alleged remarks she said on Facebook;“buti n lng am hir in dubai! maybe so many sinners bak der! so yeah deserving wat hapend (sic),”..

Filipinos were outraged by the comments, an instant 1,000+ hate comments were immediately sent to her Facebook wall; blogs and forums were flooded with fierce messages over her because of the very insensitive remark.

But what if Jacque was innocent?? Last night, ABS-CBN broadcast an exclusive interview with her and according to Jacque it was not her who made that comment, it was someone who hacked her account. Jacque said that she was very terrified and afraid of her life because of what happened…

I don’t know if it was the truth or not but in my own opinion I do believe she is innocent; she was just a victim. Like other victims of ‘ondoy’ , she doesn’t know where to start now, “para siyang nasalanta din ng bagyo”, typhoon filled with outrage over her.

The New social media is really powerful it can save lives but what is sad, is that it can also destroy one’s life (both literally and figuratively). Just like what I said in my recent post “Internet and our Future”, I am still now afraid of what might happen to new social media and to our society but like what I always say let us just continue to pray and hope that our future will always be better.

“plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future”- Jeremiah 29:11

About Ace!

Technology Transfer and Business Development Officer Office of the Vice Chancellor for R&D, UP Diliman Organizational communication Graduate University of the Philippines Manila President - QCPACE- UMYF Vocalist- Footlong, Rapid Pagongs Member- ALAB Judah and PUMC Worship team

11 responses »

  1. Patrick says:

    NSM is an amoral tool: it can either build or destroy. Nice post. I have a post on the nature of NSM entitled: “Flashback: Boon or Bane?”

    check it out if you have time🙂

  2. barrycade says:

    the Jacque incident is one downside of new social media. someone can hack into your account and pretend to be you.

    again, it is imperative that if you maintain several accounts, you have a listing of all your ‘official’ sites so people know if it’s you or not. that said, online reputation management must be part of one’s use of new social media.

    • Ace Acosta says:

      have to learn more on “online reputation management” because it is alarming that with just one message online, it can ruin your image.thanks sir for that!

  3. Alps says:

    Oh, the dangers of NSM. If NSM is becoming more and more reliable through time, the opposite is all true. Ironic enough huh?

  4. jasperdc88 says:

    what you mentioned is one of the most significant downsides of nsm’s. that is why we should be extra careful in releasing personal information and other details.

  5. royalcommfessions says:

    one of the downsides of NSM is security. Anyone can play a different person anytime. Your accounts can get hacked easily.

    I agree with sir barry’s comment that it is a must to mention all accounts you own so as to let your network know what sites you are really using🙂

  6. acommismo says:

    what happened to jacque was really alarming. again, NSM just like the Internet is not good or bad per se. it’s really the people that use it that make it good or bad.

  7. It is really on how we make proper use of it🙂

  8. I was able to see her other online accounts. I think those were just made by the haters cos her multiply has only 2 albums, containing only 5 photos each. You can sense whether it’s fake on not naman di ba? And by golly, the comments were really really harsh. what if she’s really innocent. NSM destroyed her life as a PR practitioner😦

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