You can delete and erase all you want but chances are if you wrote it or posted it, it’s staying right there for everyone and anyone to see – forever. The Internet is written in virtual ink and nothing ever really goes away.
21-year-old Calgary Nose Hill resident and federal Liberal candidate Ala Buzreba apologized “without reservation” for posting comments “that do not accurately reflect my views and who I am” after Tweets she sent out as a teenager came back to haunt her.
Young people, myself included, have learned a lot of lessons about social media. Those 2009-12 tweets reflect a much younger person. (1/2)
— Ala Buzreba (@votealabuzreba) August 18, 2015
Her Facebook page appears to be down but before it was taken offline Buzreba posted this apology:
The Facebook page may have been removed due to the amount of abuse directed at her. I wasn’t there long before coming across the hate she was being subjected too.
Buzreba pulled out as a riding candidate after old offensive Twitter postings surfaced. Liberal party leader Justin Trudeau told CBC News, “I think it is important to point out that she was a teenager and we all make mistakes, but I’m glad to see she has unreservedly apologized.”
It’s surprising the young candidate was not more internet savvy, says University of Calgary political science instructor Melanie Thomas.
In an interview with CBC News Thomas adds, “I wonder about anybody who runs for public office, knowing the context, especially the social media and internet context, who doesn’t — before they actually get on the ballot — make sure their social media accounts are as bland as unsalted oatmeal,” she said.
This is the first generation of youth who grew up in a virtual world with unlimited access to mass communication on a global scale. Buzreba is hardly alone as a teen whose posted something online that they should have thought twice about. The near future is going see a lot of online lives being exposed and potentially ruined over things said and done years before as kids. Things the world can easily find, read, see, and copy.
I feel bad for Buzreba. She apologized for her social media misadventure into the dimension between our new virtual world and the real world. I hope we haven’t seen the last of her and her story gets shared with every parent in Canada.