We have known social media to be a main source of news for quite some time. Anonymous describes themselves as “an idea not a group, we are your neighbor, your doctor, We are freedom, Justice, WE DO NOT FORGIVE, WE DO NOT FORGET, EXPECT US. Project #KnightSec”. This group has been following the story, posting videos, pictures, demanding an apology and convincing others to support them.
As most of you have probably heard, social media has played a role in the Steubenville, OH rape case. News outlets have reported that back in August, two teens have allegedly raped a drunk, unconscious 16-year-old girl at a party while others tweeted and posted pictures on Instagram about it. A video was also released of the teenage boys talking slanderously about the girl and the rape.
This video along with photos of the two boys carrying the young girl went viral over the Internet the next few days after the rape. The two boys have been arrested and are waiting for their court date.
With the releasing of video and pictures, social media has proven once again that what is posted on the Internet, stays on the Internet. Anonymous had released a video announcing they have the list of everyone involved including their personal information. At the end of the video they show snapshots of the “rape crew’s” social media sites talking about the events of that night. Anonymous has also been accused of hacking into the school’s website, personal social media pages and email accounts of people who is defending the young boys. These pictures can be seen on @KYanonymous.
Since the news went viral about the raping, there had been protests outside of Jefferson County Courthouse involving how the case is being handled. This rally referred to as “Occupy Steubenville” was organized by Anonymous and many protestors wore the iconic mask from V is for Vendetta that is the same signature mask of Anonymous.
Social media has the power to educate, expose and spread news from country to country around the world. Local news can be national news in a flash. The real question seems to be if Anonymous is in the right or wrong? Publicly defacing authority in Ohio vs. spreading an issue that is frequently overlooked? Do they really want to see justice served or just make a name for themselves? Whatever the case, if social media is involved, we can almost guarantee this case won’t subdue silently.