David Cameron demonstrated a fundamental misunderstanding of how the internet works today when he waded in to the debate about beheadings on Facebook.
In a tweet that touched on responsibility, worried parents and extreme violence, the PM laid the blame of posting violent videos squarely on the shoulders of the social media site.
It's irresponsible of Facebook to post beheading videos, especially without a warning. They must explain their actions to worried parents.— David Cameron (@David_Cameron) October 22, 2013
Only Facebook don't post videos, it's users do.
His technological faux pas was quickly seized upon:
“@David_Cameron: It's irresponsible of Facebook to post beheading videos...” Congratulations on mis-stating the situation in your first line— Alex Ingram (@nuttyxander) October 22, 2013
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.@David_Cameron you tit. I'd advise you take an internet class, and then reread that tweet, then face palm yourself.— Bethany Black Death (@BethanyBlack) October 22, 2013
The implications of the tweet were shared:
And this man wants to control your access to the internet... RT @David_Cameron: It's irresponsible of Facebook to post beheading videos— Matthew S. Dent (@MatthewSDent) October 22, 2013
Then his apparent double standards on child pornography was made an issue:
@David_Cameron But it is ok to let child abuse be ignored— steven messham (@smessham) October 22, 2013
Then the sincerity of his tweet was called into question:
I mean, when you look at that @David_Cameron tweet, he didn't even @ Facebook so they'd get the message.— Bethany Black Death (@BethanyBlack) October 22, 2013
So to sum up: