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All the ugly people on the Internet

I am not on Instagram, but I looked on it recently and just saw Bill Gates’ official account – ThisisBillGates.  It is amazing, if for example, he has a picture of himself reading with his daughter when she was much younger, the nasty comments that people will make.  Even the “more innocent” nasty comments are along the lines of, “I feel uncomfortable seeing this.”  Other comments include, “Give those vaccines to your kids” or “Disgusting pedogate.”  Other references are made to “Pizzagate” where some right wing conservatives made up a story that Hillary Clinton and a whole lot of other wealthy people were abusing children at a Pizza Restaurant in Washington DC.  One lunatic even turned up there with a gun, determined to rescue the children and apart from all the trouble they create for the wealthy and famous, let’s not forget that the owner of the restaurant is also just a normal small business person like anybody else and whose business and life was terribly damaged simply because of lunatic stories on the Internet.  It does not matter what pictures Bill Gates post, there are people telling him that the devil is waiting for him in hell and all sorts of other things.  It is sad that so many people spend so much of their time, probably because they are uneducated and have not read much, in believing in conspiracies, but on top of that, how nasty a human being do you have to be to spend your spare time posting things like that on people’s accounts?

Posted by Michael de Broglio on Tuesday 22-Sep-20 Share on Facebook   Tweet It

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Daniella  said:
on Wednesday 11-Nov-20 08:58 AM
People are so mean or unnecessary when they are behind a screen and can remain anonymous -when you put yourself out there on social media one has to have a thick skin especially if you well known.

david  said:
on Wednesday 28-Oct-20 07:20 AM
social media is apparently not that sociable...
that, and the world is full of uneducated, unpleasant fools.

Brenda Strydom  said:
on Tuesday 27-Oct-20 07:15 AM
Social media is terrible. I cannot understand why people must make comments about other's on Social media. If you do not like something or someone keep it to your self.

Zandelee  said:
on Monday 26-Oct-20 04:58 PM
I think the young generation is especially vulnerable due to comments being made on social media platforms. I dont think people understand the impact of their cruel comments to another person online. Most young people who experience cyberbullying are at greater risk than those who dont and suffer from self harm and suicidal behaviours and so many young people have lost their lives due to things being said on social media

Chante  said:
on Monday 12-Oct-20 09:29 AM
There are many trolls on the internet who just find pleasure in breaking other people down. I cannot understand how people can make such unnecessary comments on other people's lives.

Kathryn  said:
on Wednesday 07-Oct-20 03:58 PM
Internet trolls will hide behind the 'protection' of anonymity that Social Media provides. I sincerely doubt people will say these ridiculous comments face-to-face to whom they address it to so carelessly online.

Melissa  said:
on Wednesday 07-Oct-20 11:33 AM
People will always make nasty comments no matter what. They will never be satisfied with anything, actually feel sorry for people like that

Claudia B  said:
on Friday 02-Oct-20 04:48 PM
social media is a terrible thing, the comments people leave, they feel nothing for you. They will always be out there to see who they can bring down and I don't understand why they like it so much.

Tersia  said:
on Thursday 01-Oct-20 12:47 PM
It's terrible. One thing people forget is that your tongue is actually your most powerful weapon and words hurt far more than any knife. I have seen on social media how people can get very nasty and it's all because their minds are too little to comprehend that all of us are different in our own ways. It makes me so sad to see that people can't just think before they say something.

Bianca Taljaard  said:
on Wednesday 30-Sep-20 02:05 PM
Pathetic...childish.....unconsidered people.....can't stand them, unfortunately to many of them.

Lourien  said:
on Wednesday 30-Sep-20 01:24 PM
I honestly think that these people posting such nasty comments actually forget Bill Gates is also a father with his kids looking up to him. Although I am a firm believer in "what you reap is what you will sow" those people will receive what they deserve.

Shristi  said:
on Tuesday 29-Sep-20 12:54 PM
I honestly do not see the need for people to be nasty on social media. If you do not like something why not rather unfollow or unfriend that person as opposed to leaving a nasty comment?

Michelle D  said:
on Tuesday 29-Sep-20 12:49 PM
It is extremely frustrating when internet trolls ridicule Bill Gates. Bill Gates is an incredible human. The Bill and Melinda Gates foundation is the largest private foundation in the world. They do wonders when it comes to disease eradication around Africa and other developing regions. Bill Gates has done more to better the world than any stupid Joe sitting behind his computer screen spewing rubbish on the internet.

Prishani  said:
on Tuesday 29-Sep-20 10:25 AM
The reality is that any time anything is posted there is always the possibility of people making nasty comments. I find it disturbing when those comments are made about innocent children. Most people just have no self control!

Bronwyn  said:
on Tuesday 29-Sep-20 10:09 AM
Why do people always see the need to be nasty, if you do not like something scroll right past the comment or remove the person from your friend list, I do not understand what Satisfaction people get from being mean and ugly.

Melandre'  said:
on Monday 28-Sep-20 01:43 PM
This just proves once again, no matter what you are posting you will always have someone with something negative to say. Do these people have nothing better to do with their day

Natasha  said:
on Monday 28-Sep-20 08:33 AM
It's better not to have social media, there will always be people that criticize you no matter what.It's disgusting to say at least. Peoples lives are so boring that they find it entertaining to break people down.

Mathilda  said:
on Monday 28-Sep-20 07:22 AM
This is why it's actually better not to have social media, so you can't find yourself in a situation where people are leaving mean and negative comments.

All my social media platforms are private and I need to accept you first in order for you to view my profile.

thembi  said:
on Monday 28-Sep-20 07:16 AM
When you decide to have social media, you must only have the friends on your page that you can trust and wonnot say something bad about you the whole time. People can be mean

sandra  said:
on Monday 28-Sep-20 07:15 AM
This is why the social media is such a dangerous platform for the younger generation especially. Real bullying can still be fixed, whereas cyber bullying does not just disappear.

Danielle  said:
on Friday 25-Sep-20 04:04 PM
This is one of the reasons why I am not a social media person I say far away as possible. People will always say bad things even if you had something good to say.

Sarah   said:
on Friday 25-Sep-20 03:53 PM
You know what is sad when people spread all these stories and talk bad about other people. Its even sadder when other people believe those stories. How miserable must you be in your own life , to have so much time talking bad and spreading stories?

Roxanne  said:
on Wednesday 23-Sep-20 03:34 PM
Most of the times the people who have a negative comments often have a very negative life and don't see the positive in anything. However that is the joy of social media, no matter what you post there will also be that one negative person that will always have something nasty to say.

Dasanya  said:
on Wednesday 23-Sep-20 03:33 PM
I agree with the many that have pointed out that if you display your life on social media, there will be certain consequences. It is very sad how people go out of their way to be horrible knowing that there will be no repercussions as they're able to hide behind their screens! There is a very thin line between freedom of expression and hate speech and not many know where to draw that line!

Henrietta  said:
on Wednesday 23-Sep-20 02:53 PM
No matter what social media you on you going to get haters. even if you not a celebrity there are always those people that just have to have a nasty comment and say it. It almost like they deliberately have the be the bully causing people to go in depression etc. unfortunately you have to have a crocodile skin in order to survive the criticism and nasty comments of other people....

Kendall  said:
on Wednesday 23-Sep-20 11:42 AM
The saddest thing is that many of these people on the internet only have big mouths on social media. You often find that in person they are cowardly and have a complete different personality to their online persona. It is only weak and insecure individuals that find the need to drag other people down.

Angelique J  said:
on Wednesday 23-Sep-20 10:42 AM
I think any time you put yourself out there and especially on social media you kind of know the risks associated with being judged. You will always have people making nasty comments or gossiping about what it is you posted. These "haters" should learn to not comment their opinions and keep it to themselves. It is quite simple unfollow or unfriend the people profiles that you don't like or don't want to see. Says more about you than the person you are commenting on. Social media bullying is a huge thing and I have my own opinion on those who do it. Often, as said uneducated or even so educated people who simply put others down for many reasons not even realized by them themselves.

Patrick Sedutla  said:
on Tuesday 22-Sep-20 04:38 PM
The flip coin of the topic is that if you put yourself on social media you must be ready to be called all sorts of things. People love and hate for different reasons, so is to be
expected that in life we have unhappy and happy people.

Ziyanda  said:
on Tuesday 22-Sep-20 04:33 PM
I always fail to understand why someone sees the need to comment on someone's post or life if they do not have anything positive to say. However, it seems to get worse everyday.

Nicolle  said:
on Tuesday 22-Sep-20 03:28 PM
Keyboard warriors!

It is a common occurrence in this day and age! With the rise of social media there is most certainly damage to society. It is eye-opening to witness the way social media is designed to create addiction and manipulate our behaviour. The ensuing result, you ask? Skyrocketing levels of depression in humans. It is a sad state of affairs.

Megan  said:
on Tuesday 22-Sep-20 09:52 AM
I agree with Melissa! although I think its cowardly that they hide behind their screens saying horrible things about others. I think it also has a lot to do with jealously when its bashing a persons appearance or content or their success as well as just being angry, hateful people. Individuals are entitled to their own opinions on things, which may not always be good, but agreed they shouldn't be so brazen about posting such horrible stuff.

Bianca Niemann   said:
on Tuesday 22-Sep-20 09:43 AM
I always find it so pathetic when people go out of their way to post such horrible things on other people's photos. As if they have nothing better to do with their time. What they do not realize is that their comments say a lot more about them as a person than it does about the person they are trashing online. So sad that we live in a time where people are oh so brave on the other side of a computer screen miles and miles away from the person they are attacking, but will most likely cower away when they face these people on the street.

Nicolene  said:
on Tuesday 22-Sep-20 09:30 AM
I don't get why people need to be ugly to other people. If you don't have something nice to say to someone then rather keep quiet and mind your own business!

Alexis  said:
on Tuesday 22-Sep-20 09:17 AM
People are quite nasty to say the least, the problem with social media though, is to be judged unfortunately. You put yourself at risk when posting anything for the world to see, even something as sweet as reading to your child.

fikile  said:
on Tuesday 22-Sep-20 09:16 AM
Social media is social media, people don't need to make time to say bad things to you for you to feel bad about anything, all you need to do is keep all the bad things that you do out of social media because people will make you feel small. Also if you don't want people to keep on looking into your life leave social media in total then you won't know what people think or feel about you. I know that it is not easy for people like Bill Gates to stay out of the lime light since they have a reputation and all but social media will kill your reputation and pretty fast.

Courtney  said:
on Tuesday 22-Sep-20 09:12 AM
I don't have any social media and I refer it that way! I feel like people pick on famous people because if they something back then they're the bad one's. Sad actually.
Blowing out someone's candle doesn't make yours shine brighter.

Melissa van Tellingen  said:
on Tuesday 22-Sep-20 09:07 AM
I don't understand how people could be so heartless and brave behind a computer screen but don't have the courage to face people and speak their minds. How do these people sleep at night knowing that they hurt people by saying such horrible things!

Tayla  said:
on Tuesday 22-Sep-20 09:04 AM
At the end of the day famous or not they are still people and I don't think it is right for people to add negativity to their lives. I found it disgusting when negative things are said about innocent children.

Ashleigh  said:
on Tuesday 22-Sep-20 08:52 AM
Social media can bring such negativity and the ugliness out of people. I do not know why and where people find time to just speak on assumptions especially when they do not know the person at all. Very sad.

Lucretia  said:
on Tuesday 22-Sep-20 08:52 AM
I am sure that Bill Gates is not phased in the least by silly comments. As long as people are posting on his accounts, it means they are interested and, I am sure, to him that is all that matters. Like Madonna once said, "I don't care if people are speaking good or bad about me, as long as they speak about me that is all that matters".........

Tamaryn Melville  said:
on Tuesday 22-Sep-20 08:44 AM
It's a case of people who play the victim and cannot possibly comprehend that someone can make something of themselves and become successful. They will always feel the need to put them down and create some juicy story to make them feel better about themselves. I feel sorry for the trolls.

Jessica  said:
on Tuesday 22-Sep-20 08:34 AM
Some people are just bored with their lives. I honestly don't give famous people that much attention. I really couldn't care less what you doing in their lives. It is sad when there is real problems going on in the world and people focus on small insignificant stuff.

Zindy  said:
on Tuesday 22-Sep-20 07:55 AM
I do feel sorry for anyone with any kind of reputation as their lives are never truly private. They have to live in fear of some paparazzi following them or commenting on their lives or making up stories which can cause some into depression and anxiety. They can not really live normal lives although nowadays anything can get taken out of context and published.


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