Social media gives us the ability to instantly share what we are experiencing. We have all become broadcasters. We can live tweet, stream live videos and we can create live stories and share them on Snapchat.
Yesterday I was made aware that Playboy model Dani Mathers had shared a photo of a woman getting dressed at the gym with the comment: ‘If I can’t unsee this then you can’t either!’
With our mobile phone we are close to people and we can share what we see right there and then. Users who have poor judgment may end up sharing content that is disheartening.
In the case of the photo taken at the gym, Dani Mathers said in her apology that she thought she was sending the photo to one of her connections. To share a body-shaming image with just one single person is bad enough. To do what Mathers did and share it with all her followers on Snapchat is just disgusting.
If you’ve used Snapchat you know that you can share in different ways, one by clicking to update your live story, which will stay online for 24 hours, or you click to share with specific connections. Mathers is an experienced social media user and even if she is new to Snapchat she should have been careful with what kind of images she was sharing.
Gyms have privacy rules and you as a guest agree to follow them. To take photos of others getting dressed is an invasion of privacy.
I’m not an expert on US law, but Dani Mathers may be sued both by the gym and the woman she photographed.
If this doesn’t reach a courtroom it has certainly got attention online. Thousands of tweets have been shared online and it’s in the news all over the world. Dani Mathers has taken down both her Instagram and Twitter account, I guess to avoid all the comments. You can still read what people think of her on her Facebook page.
To take secret pictures of people getting dressed is wrong everywhere, on the beach, at home, and in the gym. We all have the right to privacy and what Dani Mathers did is immoral, sinful and dirty.
Earlier this year I wrote about Periscope and the problems that live video streaming brings with it. All social media networks have a lot of power when they give their millions of users broadcasting tools. Who should be responsible? And who will decide what content should stay online?
We need to talk about these are big moral questions.