I had actually committed myself to a bit of charity work in Singapore….in the Summer of 1992. My ship had pulled into Singapore for a two-week stay, and some of us were asked if we wanted to spend a morning with some children at a local orphanage. Several of us went and had a great morning with our new friends. If I recall, we did some painting and light renovation work, but it was still a great experience. When you have the time, try giving some time to others.
An incredible and inspiring young man. He is a credit to his family and village! If there is anything to take away from this, it’s that you should never hold back or give up on helping your fellow man, no matter how big or small you can contribute.
Also, I hope this act of love will be a wake-up call to those who can reach out to under-developed areas…such as musician Akon has done, and help where they can.
Most capable adults take their ability to plan for the future for granted. When we are younger, we can dream and aspire to be what we want. To prepare for that, we study hard or gain skill.
Later, we have children, and we pass this trait on to them.
But, what if our children don’t have the capacity that we have, and have challenges? What can we do? What would you do?
Last week (or maybe sooner), a Facebook friend shared a video they found, of a toddler being very much abused by her mother. I’ve seen tons of videos on Facebook, and this one didn’t really stand out…but enough is enough.
Here is a link to the video:
According to U.K’s Daily Mail, the video came from Uganda, and the nanny in the video was found and arrested. She later pleads guilty.
I don’t know if Facebook had anything to do with the video going viral, and the nanny getting caught, but I was curious if Facebook found this video offensive, since I have seen FAR WORSE videos on there, before.
I reported the video and waited for a response.
This morning, I got this message from Facebook:
Are they serious?
Just how bad does it have to be, to “go against” THEIR community standards? Since it doesn’t offend them as an entity, Facebook is asking us to turn a blind eye to it, so it doesn’t ruin our “Facebook experience”. They will help us do that…pathetic.
Which one of their “standards” did it not “go against”?
How would the toddler’s (in the video) parents feel about these standards?
Facebook sounds like they have a checklist, for whether a video breaks their standards…whatever those may be.
What about the COMMUNITY’S COMMUNITY STANDARDS?
There are always going to be trashy sites and people who post videos like this. Also, I fully understand that Facebook can’t vet every video that a user posts online, but they should start. They certainly have the means and manpower.
Hell, get the community involved as employees…let them vet the videos.
But until then, Facebook should at least use human, moral judgment when a video like this is brought to their attention.
Thank you to whoever made this video viral, and was responsible for getting the nanny caught and arrested.
Until then, Facebook needs to be rated PG-13.