Let’s face it, we’ve all done things we regret on social media. We’ve called so-and-so a dirty slut for screwing our best friend we secretly had a massive crush on, we’ve posted mirror shots of ourselves with our naughty bits at least partially exposed, and we’ve allowed ourselves to be tagged in Facebook photos in which Osama Bin Laden watched us make out on top of some kegs. Sh*t happens.
But did you know that anti-terrorism government agencies around the world monitor Facebook to find clues indicating who they might label as a terrorist sympathizer, so they can cold block you from flying? Because they do, apparently!
Aided by Facebook, Israel on Friday prevented scores of pro-Palestinian activists from boarding Tel Aviv-bound flights in Europe, questioned dozens more upon arrival at its main airport and denied entry to 69, disrupting their attempts to reach the West Bank on a solidarity mission with the Palestinians.
Israel had tracked the activists on social media sites, compiled a blacklist of more than 300 names and asked airlines to keep those on the list off flights to Israel. On Friday, 310 of the activists who managed to land in Tel Aviv were detained for questioning, said Interior Ministry spokeswoman Sabine Hadad. Of those, four were immediately put on return flights and 65 were being held until flights home could be arranged for them, she said. The rest were permitted entry, she said.
Now, I know what you’re thinking: “But Cajun Boy, these are the Israelis we’re talking about, and the Israelis are hardline d*cks when it comes to these kind of things.” To that I’d say, yeah, true, but WHATEVER — you should always be hyper-aware of the stuff you post about yourself online. DUH!
Now here’s a most excellent mashup I found on Reddit this morning to cheer you up…