Updated. ETHICS 6th Media Monitor (Social Media 6)

UPDATE: Please read the following class protocols before proceeding to the media monitor. Tnx.

For all classes of marichulambino : Our Protocols for the handling of our classes in view of the anticipated presidential Declaration of a Public Health Emergency tomorrow Monday March 9, 2020
      For all my students:

Our Protocols in view of the anticipated presidential Declaration of a Public Health Emergency tomorrow Monday March 9, 2020 under Republic Act 11332 :
     A.Our CODE COLORLESS for all class meetings (for our classes only) :
      1.Class members who have even the slightest fever are excused from attending any of the classes of undersigned handling faculty; are excused from the requirements for that day; and are advised to stay home or get a check-up from a hospital near their house: When the class member is well, a medical certificate or a certificate from parent with a selfie may be presented.
      2.Class members who may feel that their temperature needs to be checked may get assistance from the admin staff of the Dean’s office. The Dean has purchased a digital non-contact IR thermometer which is now being operated by our building administrator Ani. In case you suddenly feel “weak” or debilitated or your temperature is off, you may go home: If you are not sure, you may proceed to Building Administrator Ani and state that you need to check your temperature, then show the protocols instituted by our class. If you find out you have a fever, take a selfie of the digital thermometer with you: This may be presented later as the excuse slip (see protocol for class members with fever).
      3.We will maintain our seating arrangement where the chairs are arranged circularly at the perimeter of the classroom : Class members’ faces and mouths are facing a wide empty space of the classroom where the lecture or class presentation is made rather than the back and side of their classmates.
       4.Class members are required to bring their own handkerchief / clean tissues and alcohol or hand sanitizer and to disinfect their hands and arms before and after classes.
        5.Only class members who do not have a cold / sore throat / triggered allergic rhinitis are allowed to handle the coffee machine to make the class coffee (please use the hand sanitizer in the bag of coffee supplies).
       6.Observe proper etiquette in coughing and sneezing (use the inside crook of your elbow). Foot bumps or outer elbow bumps will now replace handshakes and hugs and kisses between acquaintances.
      7.sss: Stay smart and Safe. -marichu
      B.Our CODE PASTEL for our classes only : #walangpasok or lockdown of U.P. Diliman:
      In case of #walangpasok or a lockdown of U.P. Diliman (no classes)
       1.We will activate our electronic live video classroom learning or telecom-live-video-classroom: Class members are advised to stay away from the campus but during our class hours must be “present” in front of their internet-capable devices and required to log on at the start of the class hours. Class members who do not respond when the roll is electronically “called” by being live-video-present will be marked as absent. Class presentations, lectures, and recitation will be accomplished by group-video-live visible to all class members but not necessarily made public.
      (for this purpose, please state at the end of your answers in this week’s exercises, your preferred platform (check one or state one) . The electronic live video classroom learning will be prepared this week as a contingency in case of a lockdown so please state your preferred platform this week:
a.FB Messenger video group chat Messenger
b.Messenger on Twitter video group chat
c.Gmail group video chat
d.Instagram group video chat
e.Snapchat group chat
      2.In case of a lockdown or #walangpasok #noclasses, the class will electronically seek permission from University authorities for us to conduct our electronic live video classroom learning system (since undersigned handling faculty has not been informed of any protocols at this time) and for the hours devoted to such electronic live video classroom learning system to be CREDITED IN FAVOR OF THE STUDENT as part of the traditional residential classes, and all points earned by the students to be credited. Class members checking or selecting their preferred platform are automatically authorizing the handling faculty to seek permission on behalf of the class.
      3.During the lockdown or #walangpasok, class members are required to check their emails and the U.P. Diliman twitter site twice a day to monitor any updates on the lockdown.
      4.When the lockdown is lifted, traditional residential classes resume with our Code Colorless reinstated.
     C.Our CODE YELLOW FLAG: Extreme situation where a forced quarantine is enforced by the Department of Health authorized by the national government in a particular college or particular area or the entire Diliman campus:
       i don’t know yet. i’m pretty sure it has been discussed by the University executive staff and protocols have been written down.
Protocols can be instituted by the University for the University community on its own or unilaterally; or, if coordination is deemed better, through a letter to the DOH (which is now given wide latitude once the Declaration of a Public Health Emergency is signed) or through a MOA between U.P. Diliman and the DOH: Any one of these or all three.
      D.All protocols written here shall be deemed superseded by any protocols enforced by the U.P. Diliman administration.
      Class members are advised to stand by for these protocols. In the extreme scenario of a quarantine (e.g., a person passing through the open campus is found positive) undersigned is not authorized to institute protocols for the class in case of this extreme scenario.

      One thing is sure: The brightest scientists are working round-the-clock to culture a vaccine against Covid-19 and … pretty soon, the last two sets of protocols (lockdown… forced quarantine) will be simply stored in our disks and files 😊

      Live normally with proper hygiene, drink fruit juices: Stay smart and safe. -marichu

ETHICS 6th Media Monitor (Social Media 6)


     REGULAR POST: An evaluation of any social media post (video or YouTube video, or tweet or FB post or IG caption/comment (redact the url and submit it in print in class), either as good practice, dilemma, or a violation, illustrating the social media guideline restricting or proscribing or not allowing any depiction of real-world harm, safety risks, dangerous challenges, suicides and self-harm (DO NOT SHOW THE IMAGE OR VIDEO ITSELF but just describe it, AND REDACT ANY CURSE WORDS).
     BONUS POST: An evaluation of any live social media content (redact the url except those that have already gone viral)

that was posted real-time or between about 10am and about 8pm (from 10 am to 8pm) last Monday March 2 while the hostage-taking situation was ongoing which showed or depicted vital information that could have endangered the hostages’ safety or jeopardized the then ongoing police operations. Explain why this should be temporarily and momentarily not allowed while the hostage-taking was ongoing, using social media standards.
Choose and submit one post only: Only one post will be credited. The deadline is extended to Thursday March 11 at 11:59 pm. Late posts will get a zero.

    Happy women’s indepence month!

16 thoughts on “Updated. ETHICS 6th Media Monitor (Social Media 6)

  1. Social Media Monitor 6 (Regular)

    Last February 14, a personal blog page for parents on Facebook posted about the infamous “Skullbreaker” challenge on TikTok. The post reads:

    “WARNING TO ALL PARENTS! There’s a new viral challenge sweeping the world and it’s so dangerous that it can have fatal consequences. No kidding. Please share with your kids so that they will not be coerced into doing it.
    UPDATE: TOUCH Cyber Wellness has shared some great tips on how parents should engage their kids about this challenge. I’ve updated the post to include them.” (This post got 137 likes and reactions, 18 comments, and 1.6K shares)

    The “Skullbreaker” is a dance challenge popular on TikTok, wherein two individuals trick a third one into standing in between the two of them. In the middle of the dance, while the individual in the middle jumps and is mid-air, the two individuals on the sides will swipe his/her legs, making him/her fall hard on his/her back. This is very dangerous and can cause/ has caused real world harm on those who have participated.

    The Facebook post I shared is an example of a good practice done to combat the spread of social media violations depicting real world harm. This post links to a blog post about the challenge and gives parents tips on how to make sure their children are safe. This posts serves as a warning for parents and to remind them to be more cautious and mindful of their children’s activities online. Posts like these are good practices because they are able to raise awareness about the possible harms brought about these challenges and give tips on how to actively prevent real world harm from happening.


    Preferred platform (for online classes): FB Messenger Video Chat



    A 50-minute live Facebook video was posted on March 2, 2020 at 1:20pm. So far, it has more than 41,000 views, and it can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/BLCKTV/videos/532704540708443/.

    The following is a rundown of the video’s content:
    1. The start showed several civilians gathered outside the mall.
    2. At the 10-minute mark, it showed more than 20 security guards lined up together.
    3. At the 20-minute mark, it showed policemen entering and exiting one of the mall’s entrances.
    4. At the 25-minute mark, it showed a live interview of Mayor Francis Zamora which was conducted in front of the mall’s entrance.

    The rest of the video contained a mix of footage of security guards, policemen, and Mayor Zamora.

    The video contained the location of both civilians and important people. When the video was being streamed live, there was no assurance that the hostage taker was not watching. In addition to this, it would have been even more dangerous if the hostage taker had accomplices who needed to know the location of civilians, security guards, policemen, or the mayor. So much could have gone wrong. For example, if there was intention to harm the mayor, anyone would have known exactly where to find him. Another example is that since the policemen and security guards were armed, there could have been an instance of a shooting.

    After reviewing Facebook’s Community Standards, there is no specific rule with the word “hostage”, but the videos should have been temporarily taken down because people’s safety was compromised. According to Facebook, “We remove content, disable accounts and work with law enforcement when we believe that there is a genuine risk of physical harm or direct threats to public safety.”

    Source of the quote taken from Facebook: 

    Preferred platform: Gmail group video chat



    Last November 4, an overseas Filipina worker (OFW) live streamed her suicide on Facebook Live as viewers helplessly saw the disturbing footage unfold. The Filipina ended her life inside her room in Oman. Her family said the Filipina has never brought up any problems regarding her work.

    According to a report of RMN, San Mariano Sangguniang Bayan Member Susan Duca has already sought the help of OWWA to look into her case. The footage of the suicide adds to long list of disturbing incidents broadcast on Facebook. This, as Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg vowed in April 2018 that the social media platform would find a way to thwart the spread of contents showing self-harm and violence.

    In the age of live-streaming, it is alarming to post videos promoting self-harm and violence. The potential harm of live-streaming suicide is very real, said Phyllis Alongi, clinical director at the Society for Prevention of Teen Suicide in New Jersey. It increases the chances of what experts call suicide contagion or the spreading of harmful practices, which is also common after celebrities kill themselves.

    Preferred platform (for online classes): Zoom Video Conferencing app/website


  4. Social Media Monitor #6 (BONUS)

    Teenager who used to self-harm is devastated after Instagram bans photographs showing her scars ‘for no good reason’ (Daily Mail. August 16, 2019)


    Dionne Clarke, a 19-year old Sussex-based teenager has caught the attention in Instagram’s violations for posting photos of herself showing her arms with a handful of cuts that prompted the site to remove her photos as that would ‘encourage self-harm and suicidal behavior’; this action triggered Clarke’s anxiety, stress and said that it damaged her recovery.
    To receive a message from Instagram saying that I’m promoting self harm was awful – I would never wish this upon anyone.

    ‘I like taking pictures of lovely days out as I missed so much of my teenage years not being able to do things with friends due to anxiety and depression, but my posts are just being deleted for no good reason.

    ‘There’s a black and white selfie I uploaded where I was smiling that got removed.

    ‘I’d been feeling nice about myself for once, but Instagram brought it crashing down, telling me I’m not allowed to be happy in my damaged skin.’

    As much as it would encourage recovery to herself as she claims, the graphic detail of her multiple cuts as visibly seen on both arms could easily incite other individuals suffering, struggling in the same problems, Dionne Clark’s remarks display irresponsible and remark that also misinform and stigmatize, demean rather than improve.
    Hence, I concur with Instagram taking action on removing Clarke’s photos as social media needs to be a safe space and encourage individuals to express themselves in a positive, productive manner.


  5. Social Media Monitor (Regular)

    Last March 09, 2020, Xander Ford, a social media personality, posted a photo of his scars in the wrist with the caption “Depress fire emoji in his Facebook stories. The photo then circulated online, both in Facebook and Twitter feeds, with people reacting to the post.

    Up until this day, the post is still up. No violations or warnings is presented whenever you click the photo even if the photo displays an act of SELF-HARM. The photo is very triggering for many due to the clear visual image presented. Despite the uproar by many, Facebook has yet to respond to the image circulating online.

    Facebook has set restrictions and regulations on the posts yet there is still a need for proper and fast response to such violations. It is also concerning that a social media personality like Ford, who is well-known and has a great reach, has done such act. This means that even people known in the platform has yet to be taught regarding policies and violations in Social Media. More importantly, it is also a role of us media practitioners to continuously educate people of the ethical practices and use of different media platforms.

    Preferred platform (for online classes): FB Messenger Video Chat


    A Facebook video was posted on September 10, 2018 about the Momo Challenge that was going viral all over the world during 2018-2019. The video was posted in line with the World Suicide Prevention Day and now garnered a total of 17K reacts, 8.9K comments, 99K shares and 4.3M views. The video talks about the history of Momo Challenge to educate and raise awareness.

    Momo challenge is a viral game that targets young children on social media to perform violence and acts of suicide. It is very alarming that news reports about this game shows children performing disturbing acts to the point of committing suicide, and last year a Filipino child died because of the game. Although many articles online show that the Momo challenge is an internet hoax, the effects of the challenge on kids, physically and psychologically, is very alarming.

    With the extreme violence and horror brought by the viral Momo Challenge, the Facebook video is an example of a good practice done to combat the spread of social media violations depicting real world harm. Through the video parents and the authorities will be warned about the viral internet challenge, to prevent children to participate in the challenge and for parents to monitor their children’s social media use.

    Preferred platform (for online classes): FB Messenger Video Chat or Gmail group video chat



    An 8-hour live Facebook video was aired on March 2 at 1:21PM with 71K views, 614 shares and 1,061 comments.
    Link to the video: https://www.facebook.com/advilgaming/videos/131225478285933/
    In the post, the host comments on his own video with time-markers indicating real-time coverage of the hostage taking. Starting from the 2-hour mark, the host realized that the hostage taker maybe watching his live stream so he partially blackened the live footage. There are some parts where the video is totally blacked out indicating that it is for security purposes. Soon after, he aired partially washed out footage with 30-minute delays.

    I think the host’s action in delivering the live video was a good countermeasure to prevent vital information from leaking during the hostage taking. This is to ensure the safety of the hostages and civilians and does not compromise police operations. The problem I saw is that, he should have realized it from the very start because a lot of things can happen in two-hours.
    But in times of crisis like this, Facebook should temporarily disable the live video function and take down posts particular to the issue where violence and direct threat to public safety can occur.

    Preferred platform for online classes: Facebook Messenger Video Chat



    On July 6, 2019, a video on YouTube was posted that showed 2 friends talking to each other while the man uses his laptop to watch another YouTube video. The end of the video shows the man watching on his laptop punch his laptop screen violently, causing the monitor to almost break apart and the girl he was talking to to scream in fear.

    While some people on the internet consider this as a meme, even having a name for it, I think it is a dilemma for videos like this that show unnecessary violence to be shown to people. In a way, the video promotes the use of rash force even for little things such as being annoyed with what you see in a youtube video. If this keeps up, there may be a possibility that such use of violence for petty differences could become a norm, which is why I think the said video causes a dilemma in social media.

    Preferred platform for online classes: Facebook Messenger or Gmail Group Video



    I evaluate a Twitter post that I consider as good practice relating to the subject of self harm. One Twitter post said that for every like, retweet, or reply, they promise “not to commit self harm for a day.” As of date, the post garnered 2.2k replies, 4.6k retweets, and 13.8k likes. For me, talking about stopping self-harm serves as an empowering message to stop self-harm rather than enabling more self-harm. The poster garnered more support then she even needed. I think this is a tactful and empowering way to post about self harm. This doesn’t show graphic or trigger images. The post is a pledge to stop an individual’s self-harm, with the support of others. Hopefully this post of “not committing self harm for a day” encourages many others to stop their own self-harm.



    I evaluate a Twitter post that I consider as good practice relating to the subject of self harm. One Twitter post said that for every like, retweet, or reply, they promise “not to commit self harm for a day.” As of date, the post garnered 2.2k replies, 4.6k retweets, and 13.8k likes. For me, talking about stopping self-harm serves as an empowering message to stop self-harm rather than enabling more self-harm. The poster garnered more support then she even needed. I think this is a tactful and empowering way to post about self harm. This doesn’t show graphic or trigger images. The post is a pledge to stop an individual’s self-harm, with the support of others. Hopefully this post of “not committing self harm for a day” encourages many others to stop their own self-harm.



    On Twitter, a user posted an image of a hand holding a pen with a semicolon on the wrist. The image was captioned “Your story is not over yet.” The hashtags #ENDViolence and #QuesayanoMentalHealthAwareness were used.

    This is an example of good social media practice as it addresses very sensitive topics like suicide and mental health without using any triggering images or words. Furthermore, the post also promotes mental health awareness and serves as an encouragement to suicidal users to not end their lives.

    Preferred platform for online classes: Facebook Messenger


  12. Social Media Monitor 6 (Regular)

    A twitter post shows an image of deep fresh self-harm cuts in the wrist with the caption “here we go again… I have to buy new razor blades btw…Each day I want to cut deeper and deeper… TW #selfharm”

    This violates the twitter rules on glorifying or promoting self-harm. Posts and tweets with graphic cutting images may promote and trigger self-harm and may also reinforce self-injurious behaviors (acquired capability) to the audience.

    Preferred platform (for online classes): FB Messenger Video Chat.


  13. Social Media Monitor 6 (Regular)

    Last March 10, in line with the International Women’s Day, MentalHealthPH conducted a social media rally on twitter (with the hashtag #UsapTayo) where several users can get to share and discuss issues affecting the mental health of women. I think this is a good practice and use of twitter as platform to not only give women a chance to share their stories but also to raise awareness to these kinds of issues affecting a vulnerable sector of society.

    Preferred platform: FB messenger group chat.


  14. Social Media Monitor 6 (Regular)

    A social media post on twitter was made by a netizen showing a series of bloody cuts up and down their arm. The actual post was attached with a caption saying that “… why do you do this to me i hate my body let me the [redacted] out now. relapse. self harm. self mutilation.”

    This post is dangerous and triggering, posing as an example of a violation of what is a good social media practice. Individuals who have had a history of self-harm or who are of unstable mental health may find images or videos such as this one triggering, and harmful to their mental health. Social media is a platform accessible to a great number of people, which is why we should be wary of what we post on it. These posts that promote harm and violence to ourselves and to the people around us can make a great difference to how one person’s day would turn out.

    Preferred platform (for online classes): FB Messenger


  15. Media Monitor 6 (REGULAR)

    Today March 12, 2020, a Twitter user made a post that called out the manipulative nature of the fandom population of Twitter users that would post about themselves committing suicide over show cancellations, in light of the current international Corona virus pandemic. They further highlighted the reason for such cancellations would be, in fact, to preserve the health and safety of their followings.

    This post is a good practice for a tweet that tackles the sensitive topic of self-harm without necessarily infringing on the Twitter Community standards on Glorifying self-harm and suicide. It does not show images of nor promote acts of self-harm or worse, and instead opens discussion on the topic itself and displays a clear stance against it by educating potential readers of the concern outside parties actually place for the continuing safety and health of the individuals in question.

    Preferred platform for online classes: Facebook Messenger or Google Hangouts


  16. Social Media Monitor 6 (Regular)

    On March 8, 2020, a Twitter user posted a tweet saying “Trigger warning: Self harm. For every reply, like, retweet this gets, I won’t self harm for a day. Will put your @ in a jar, and when I feel the urge, I’ll randomly select one and DM you ‘thank you for caring’.”

    This tweet garnered 1,900 retweets and 6,600 likes. As I scrolled down the replies, I could see that there were mostly encouraging words, supporting one another. However, there are also comments implying that the tweet is manipulative and wrong. Others also say they are using self-harm for clout. For such a sensitive topic, other Twitter users condemn the tweet for using self harm for clout purposes and for making it a trend. For me personally, I may not know what the person is going through, but if that is her way of avoiding self harm, then good for her. However, this can also be quite tricky as there are other ways to recover from self harming, sometimes it needs professional help. Seeking validation from others via replies, likes, or retweets can be an unhealthy mechanism and may not solve the root of the person’s problem—whereas putting one’s mental health in other people’s hands can also be harmful.

    Preferred platform: Facebook Messenger or Hangouts


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