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The Amber Cole video: when did Twitter become a proxy bullying machine?

If you walked past a building and saw some kids engaged in sex acts, would you take a video and then share it online with your friends? Probably not. But thousands of people have today been sharing the Amber Cole video that allegedly shows a 14-year-old girl doing just that. What’s the difference?

See also: April Pratt video shows how easily people can become famous

When we’re online, we tend to assume that we’re somehow disconnected from our actions. With something like the Amber Cole video, we feel we’re not the ones responsible for sharing the video; we’re just passing it on, showing our friends that someone else has passed it on.

Put it another way: the video allegedly amounts to child porn. So before you click ‘share’, think about this: do you really want to be sharing child porn online? It’s easy to forget the real-world implications of this kind of thing, but the sad truth is that our actions have consequences.

In this case, there’s a teenagae girl somewhere who’s probably having a very bad day. Would you like to be in her position? Probably not. If you would, then that’s fine: go and do something to gain international attention. But in this case, it looks like a hell of a lot of people are jumping on the bandwagon without thinking about whether or not what they’re doing is right or wrong.


About Sarah Bosdiccia

Sarah Bosdiccia is a writer, journalist, blogger and editorial assistant. In the past, she has worked in the local newspaper business and has taught journalism modules at undergraduate level. She doesn't 'do' Facebook but you can follow her at @sarah_bosdiccia.


22 thoughts on “The Amber Cole video: when did Twitter become a proxy bullying machine?


    Posted by Robert Earl Johnson | October 18, 2011, 1:21 pm
  2. i think its very ridiculous how people shared that video, because if you were in amber cole’s shoe you wouldn’t wanna commit suide

    Posted by shaniqua | October 18, 2011, 1:26 pm
  3. this is sad so very sad

    Posted by Nun Ya | October 18, 2011, 1:28 pm
  4. I concur..this is child porn and the police are involved.

    Posted by Sharona | October 18, 2011, 1:34 pm
    • I was thinking the same thing… This is funny to some children or to some adults but. I think the police, the parents and the school need to get involved this is a mess. Why would people want to keep posting that.. SMH

      Posted by Mzbrina | October 18, 2011, 3:23 pm

    Posted by PRECIOUS | October 18, 2011, 1:51 pm
    • you are so ritte people now adays only care abt themselves bt if they were in hwr shoes they would want everyone to shut up

      Posted by brianna lewis | October 18, 2011, 2:01 pm
    • This is serious, and happening more & more in our society. There is no place safe from eyes, except for your own bedroom. Imagine how her Mama feels… or her daddy – her teachers or her siblings… but to have it recorded for her grandchildren to see??? Children just dont think. This is why society as a whole is crumbling.

      Posted by JOMAMA | October 18, 2011, 2:44 pm
  6. I honestly think this is stupid. People need to learn how to mind their own business and worry about their lives and not others.

    Posted by Jess | October 18, 2011, 2:16 pm
  7. so sad to see young people do this to each other , they talk aboudt thee old dayss budt thiss new generation . shame on whoeva soul who posted the video first

    Posted by didi jones | October 18, 2011, 2:26 pm
  8. I havent seen the video. I more so found out what happened to her on this site & a FB status post by my cousin that referenced Amber Cole & how as a 1st Lady (preachers wife) she wants 2 help her & other teen girls in Brooklyn. These kids nowadays have no direction or authority figures. I feel for all kids involved especially the young lady. I would b livid if something like that happened to my daughter. These kids are conforming to this world…..doing what they feel everybody else is doing….just to b in with the in crowd…..Screw tne in crowd…..b yourself! I pray that somebody takes hold of her to enlighten her, show her her worth, let her know we all make mistakes. Learn from them….& move on. The boys too! They need 2 know the value of a woman. If they had a sister(s)….I know they would b spazzing out if some1 did this ti their sister or mother (any female family member 4 that fact). God bless em all!

    Posted by 7'sMom | October 18, 2011, 2:30 pm
  9. I just feel so bad about the young lady. Im not on fb or twitter but when my daughter told me my heart just felt pain for the girl. But… this too shall pass, no one talks about Monica Lewinsky anymore….

    Posted by Imalady | October 18, 2011, 2:55 pm
  10. It’s crazy that people can distribute child porn online what and te one’s sharing are distributors too I say we use this one situation and make an example out of the online world that cyber bullying and passing child porn anlong should not be allowed and [mod] should pay the price for allowing these videos to be passed along their site

    Posted by Ronnie Kirk | October 18, 2011, 3:06 pm
  11. This Is Sad And Unfortunate.
    1. Iknow girls are being hypocritical about it because they KNOW They have done it they were just lucky enough to not get exposed!
    2. This is worldwide news and people Are HUNTING For this video
    3. Sad how people downgrade themselves like that to even post this
    4. She was only 14 maybe a couple years from now or even months she would have realized what she did and ignored or fixed it.
    5. Help stop Cyber-bullyin, and help prevent Suicides

    Posted by tiny | October 18, 2011, 7:57 pm
  12. I’m 15 and if I was in her shoes I wouldn’t want this to happen to me and I know she didn’t I’m sorry that this has happened I wish it wouldn’t have the person who recorded that is gonna get what’s coming to them karma is a bitch and she never misses my heart goes out to Amber Cole and her family

    Posted by breiona | October 18, 2011, 9:20 pm
  13. This is down right wrong to humiliate a young girl of 14 yrs of age. No one ever thinks of a house hold that a young lady may be brought in or what she’s has seen or the struggles she may be going through. We are all human and have made mistakes so why make another persons mistake and act take your attention from your own problems and activities that you yourself have done. We as a society and as females need to stop this foolishness and leave it in the privacy of our homes and prevent things that this from happening.

    Posted by Slimjim | October 18, 2011, 11:23 pm
  14. i agree with this very strongly!!@cekaya

    Posted by DyShay | October 19, 2011, 2:47 pm
  15. The sad reality is that the simple rule of not doing to others, what you don’t want people to do to you (or, as it is more know, do to others, as you want them to do you), doesn’t apply anymore. Now it’s “what you don’t want others to do to you, do it to them anyway, and explain that it’s you’re right to show no awareness or understanding of other people’s situation.”

    As long as it saves your position as the gossiper of the day, then it’s always worth another human being’s life.

    Posted by qolyehudi | October 20, 2011, 6:16 pm
  16. Amber is innocent, people are looking for her video, how sad for a very young teenager to have a scandal like this.

    Posted by Utube | October 22, 2011, 12:50 pm
  17. You cannot compare child porn to regular sharing. Sharing the video is part of correcting the problem and bringing awareness to the situation, child porn is just wrong as they are coerced under circumstances to do it. If you have the time, teach teenagers to not do the wrong thing in public and donate to children so they don’t have to do any child porn, rather than write articles about this.

    Posted by wst | November 6, 2011, 7:36 am

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