Where social media is increasingly being used for social justice, I heartily applaud. It is also a parallel reality that social media is being used for predation, traumatization, victimization, and repugnant PR. If you are interested in protecting the vulnerable, I will befriend you. If you are interested in preying upon them OR capitalizing on them – I suggest that you look elsewhere for social media friends. Recently I have been sent friend requests from men across the globe. Even the most polished of professionals cannot tell if you have been prey, or if you are looking for someone to prey upon. I have and will continue to decline requests that have no apparent connection to my expressed purpose of being on social media in the first place.
Kind, but firm regards,
Lori Anne Thompson