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, 23 Apr 2009 @ 5:35am

    not the first or last example of this idiocy

    A Dan: this is a very different issue from whether politicians are divorced. The issue isn't whether it was morally correct for Mr Lam to have behaved as shown in the photographs, it's whether it was appropriate for him, as someone running for *public office* to allow these images of himself to become publicly available. I don't think that the boundaries between professional and personal are likely to blur such that it does become acceptable.

    The main lesson from this is that posting info/iamges about yourself online is no different in principle from any other publication, and the same rules of sensible communciation apply. And that freedom doesn't mean absolution from the consequences of your actions. This isn't the first example of such idiocy, and it won't be the last.

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