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Words written on social media can have serious consequences


Social media has become a big part of our society.

But, like anything else, there are pros and cons. 

Hilary Fussell Sisco is an associate professor at Quinnipiac University. She deals with crisis communication management.

What happened in New Britain was on her lesson plan.

“You have to think about now are those the kind of things he says all the time, right? Because of the things he’s saying on social media,” she said.

Tim Stewart came under fire for the comment he made about the female lawmakers — dressed in all white — at Tuesday’s State of the Union

A comment that upset a lot of people.

“This is intolerable. These kinds of behavior by an official. There is no place in civil society for it,” said Carlo Carlozzi with the New Britain Common Council.

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All of this is part of a larger conversation: People making inappropriate and offensive posts on Twitter and Facebook, expressing beliefs or opinions that are often met with backlash. 

Most recently, comedian Kevin Hart came under fire for old homophobic posts.

Roseanne Barr was fired for sending out a racist tweet about a former Obama staffer. 

Meanwhile, ESPN’s Jemelle Hill was suspended after she called the President a white supremacist. 

Fussell Sisco is reminding everyone on social media that our words can sometimes have consequences. 

“So, you have to think about that. Would you say this to a friend, would you say this in a room full of people you don’t know? Because that’s truly what social media is, a room full of people that you don’t know and so, think about how that will be interpreted,” she explained.

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