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“Look, here’s Peter R. fighting for his life!” Why do people send this?

“Those who do this are not sick, they are inhuman monsters,” says Mark Deuce. He is Professor of Media Studies at the University of Amsterdam. According to him, there are four factors that make people share these kinds of images.


First: It’s easy. “We all have a device that connects us permanently around the world. Changing and using your smartphone is a kind of automation that we do without making rational decisions about it. Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook ‘Share this’ without friction’. That’s what social media wants: without you thinking about it or You share something without thinking. “

In addition, it is considered very normal, and even assumes that we are filming everything. “You noticed the police response. They immediately assumed the pictures were taken and asked to send them inside. The good thing is, they told you not to put them on social media. Put it down.”

Serious experience

The third factor is that the enjoyment and viewing of the images is intense. “With more serious experiences, we have to do something. Intense experiences and strong emotions motivate us to express whether that experience or emotion is positive or negative. If your football team wins the championship, you start singing out loud. At such a moment it is not good for me to sit quietly in a corner. Combined with how easy and casual it is to share something, it means we put something like this on social media. ”

Fourth and final factor: Sharing these images on social media or in application groups can be beneficial. “Philosopher Nietzsche has already said: It is more important to seek our approval than to eat, drink and reproduce. When you share these kinds of images, you get preferences, retweets, hearts and reactions. That’s great.”

Understandable answer

According to Deuce, so wanting to share pictures is a normal, understandable reaction. “If we take a step back and think about it, we think: Are we completely crazy?”

He also saw something positive happening: people point out to each other that sending pictures around is wrong, and then others decide to delete them. “With this kind of excess, we also know what borders are. You saw this after the attack on a mosque in New Zealand, which was broadcast live by the perpetrator. There was a huge movement protest asking for strict law and control on Facebook.”

Does that mean people will think twice before sharing such violent images next time? Deuce is adamant in his answer. “No, I don’t think so. We are, we will be human.”

Is it punishable to share these pictures?

What you can and cannot share on social media varies according to the situation, says Bianca Bauer, SOVVA.Law’s intellectual property and information technology lawyer. “But you might think it’s not allowed in this case.”

If you share these types of images, you are dealing with different areas of law: criminal law, portrait law and privacy law. “You can share information that the police want to keep to themselves for a while for the benefit of the investigation. Then you have to deal with the criminal law.”

“In addition, it infringes on the privacy and portrait rights of Peter R. de Vries and his loved ones. In that sense it is always in the interests of: you will be allowed to shoot on the public road, unless you are a person with a compelling interest in shooting or photography.” It is clear to me that the interests of De Vries and his family can be traumatic in the conflict with these images, which are far greater than those who use them on social media. Media move. “

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What punishment will you get if you decide to punish yourself for this? That’s not clear, Perr says. “There are some cases of this kind, for which you may be fined, but I do not completely rule out imprisonment either.”