Over the last several years, Social media has evolved and is now being widely used to “out” people or “shame” them for various infractions or perceived transgressions. Husbands shame their wives; wives shame their husbands; and parents shame their children. One of the most infamous shaming of a teenager happened in 2012 when a dad read a letter and then shot his daughter’s computer. Sadly, a 13 year old teenager recently killed herself after her father posted a video of him punishing her on YouTube.
Racists Getting Fired on Tumblr has a mission to bring attention to racist comments on social media and contact the employer of those who made them. There is a widespread trend in California by many to shame those who are using excessive water or violating the water restrictions in the state. The hashtag #droughtshaming has been used extensively
CNN had a good piece identifying numerous examples of social media shaming. They identified some of the long term consequences affecting the offenders. In most of these cases, individuals are the ones doing the shaming. What happens when the one doing the shaming is the local police department?