Should Accident Photos Be Published On Facebook?
My biggest fear as my daughter starts to drive is that something is going to happen to her. The last thing I want to happen is to find out on Facebook.
The Chicago Tribune had an article on their website today which touched on two different families that not only dealt with the loss of a loved one, but they were subjected to photos of the accidents on social media.
Dawn Valles' daughter Miranda was tragically killed in a motorcycle accident last year. The accident took place on Interstate 290 and included another person who perished.
In this world that we live in, instant gratification is sometimes not only satisfying, but it also can be rewarding. In this case, it is downright disgusting.
A passerby of the accident scene took a picture of MIranda and her passenger along the side of the road. The picture was then put on Facebook. Before police could even tell the mom that her daughter had passed away, she was receiving texts of condolences.
Valles is now lobbying for laws that would prohibit such photos of graphic incidents to be uploaded to social media sites.
"Nobody should ever have to find out that way," Valles said. "People think (accident photos are) cool to look at, but it's not so cool when it's your family. (That photo is) always going to be on Google."
Another family had to deal with the loss of their brother. At the funeral, one of the brothers mentioned that there was a photo that was taken at the scene. The other brother looked at it and still to this day, he can't get the image out of his mind.
I believe in the 1st Amendment, which is the right to free speech. But, I also believe in having respect for families and victims of such horrible accidents.
Do you think that there should be a law that prohibits such photos to be taken and published on the internet?