Topic: Diffusion and Social Influence
Nowadays, social media influences everyone in different ways. People use Facebook to keep up with friends, scroll on their Twitter time line to see the latest news instead of reading a newspaper, and go to YouTube to see the newest music videos. These examples of social influence are harmless, however sometimes these social influences can cause great problems.
This morning I read an article on BBC.com, which draw my attention. The article is about two Tanzanian police officers, getting fired because of a widely shared picture on social media of them kissing. According to the authorities of the kagera police force they had breached police code of conduct, because of the fact that the kiss happened in public, whilst wearing their uniform. The picture was taken and uploaded to the Internet by a third officer, who got fired too. Many people are dismayed by the punishment, and started to post things on social media like:
- “They should have been reprimanded, sacking them is extreme, huuh!”
- “I once saw a pic of former US President the late Reagan kissing his wife in the Oval Office… and nobody called for his impeachment.”
- “Police couple kissing taken more serious than bribery.”
According to their code of conduct, we can’t say their dismissal was unfair, but from our own point of view do you think it is? What if the picture was not widely shared on social media, do you think that the authorities of the kagera police force would give them the same punishment?