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Instant sharing blasted by residents

Thursday, 8 December 2016

Instant sharing blasted by residents thumbnailPicture of car going up in flames on Ballybogey Road last week. Residents were asked if they thought these types of images were acceptable to share online in the immediate aftermath of an accident.

RESIDENTS blasted the practice of 'instant sharing' on social media after an image of a serious road traffic collision outside Ballybogey were posted on a popular social media site.
Two people were taken to hospital following a three vehicle crash on the Ballybogey road on Wednesday November 20.
Emergency services attended the scene, one car was burned out and another badly damaged.
The ability to share unfiltered images of accidents and victims is being criticised as more and more families complain of hearing tragic news of injured and lost loved ones via social media.
Though Cllr Darryl Wilson's initial post merely informed the public that an accident had occurred, that emergency services were on their way and advised people to use another route, in the subsequent thread that developed 'Sharon Tea' posted: "I find it really shocking to see comments on Facebook where clearly someone knows who's involved or recognises a car etc. Who's to say the family know already? I would hate to find out on Facebook about any accident involving a loved one. Thankfully with this accident it appears all are OK, but it doesn't change the fact names shouldn't be mentioned. However it was the same at the weekend about that poor boy in Coleraine.

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