Political Candidate Drops Out Of Race Due To Racy Facebook Photos

from the that-was-quick dept

It really was just three years ago when we were saying we couldn't wait for the MySpace generation to run for office, knowing that the skeletons in their closets wouldn't actually be in their closets at all, but would have been posted online for all to see. While we actually expected that it would lead to a point where people pretty much brushed off and ignored such "youthful indiscretions," we certainly have't reached that point yet. A guy running for office in British Columbia, Canada, has dropped out of the election after images of him groping a woman's breast (that first appeared on his Facebook page) came to light. It's not clear when the photos in question were taken, but expect to see political candidates and their online presence scrutinized in more and more detail in future elections...

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    Alex (profile), 23 Apr 2009 @ 12:52am

    don't call private people "weird"

    "Anybody 22 years old without at least a few pictures like that on a social site would be too weird a member of his generation to elect."

    What?!?!? Wanting dignity, and wanting to keep your private life private, should be regarded as "weird"? I'm a little worried about comments like that. The suggestion that young people who don't want to make exhibits of themselves are weird and should "get with the program" is actually a new and pernicious form of conformity, where you have to be an extravert and exhibitionist to play a part in society. As a natural introvert and non-showoff I find this disturbing.

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