Over the past several months I’ve posted a few times (here, here and here) about the pros and cons of social media in times of political strife. Never before have I read something as unsettling as the recent murders of a man and woman in the Mexico-U.S. border town of Nuevo Laredo for using social media avenues to denounce the ruthless drug cartels.
Both victims were in their 20s and were killed for posting notes on the Internet critical of the drug cartels according to signs left near the scene.
“This is going to happen to all of those posting funny things on the Internet, you better (expletive) pay attention. I’m about to get you.”
Both bodies were hanging like cuts of meat from the bridge – a grisly and horrifying warning to those who would challenge the authority of the cartels.
- Drug Cartel Strings Up Bodies to Warn ‘Social Media Users’ [War On Drugs] (gawker.com)
- Cartel Murders a Warning for Social Media Users (latino.foxnews.com)
- Mexico’s drug cartels target social media (edition.cnn.com)
- 2 Bodies in Mexico Seen as Warning to Social Media (newser.com)
- Social media users killed, threatened in Mexico (cbsnews.com)