Dumbass lacks remorse

But just the same, he wants a free pass:

I kind of went on a drunken rant in a personal message to a friend (girl) on Facebook, I didn’t attack her but I insulted some other people. Then she replied, and I engaged more which means in the future, it’s not like I could claim someone hacked my account or anything, it was clearly me.

I’m now thinking that in the future, she could pull that out and really tarnish my reputation. I know deleting it on my end doesn’t delete it on hers so,

—Is there any law that would protect me from her publishing it in the future?


—If I start a new FB account with a separate email, and shut down my old account will her official record of the conversation go away with it?

I feel like there should be some way to demand FB erase something you put out there. But I’m sure you sign that all away in the TOS.

What do you think?

I think you should have thought of this before you went on this “drunken rant.”

And no, there should be no way to demand FB erase something you put out there. Stupidity, by design, is intended to be self-correcting; the putative trashing of your precious reputation is a part of that correction.

Actions have consequences. We all learn this in different ways. Welcome to yours.


  1. fillyjonk »

    12 May 2017 · 8:09 am

    There’s also this wonderful concept called “thinking before you speak” that can also be extended to things like typing.

    (That said, I have redacted things off my blog, likely after others had read it. But I trust I’ve never said anything sufficiently-inflammatory for someone to want to dangle it over my head as a threat.)

  2. Holly H »

    12 May 2017 · 10:45 am

    This is why you should always follow a rule (at least at work) to never invite (or join) a conflict via email.

  3. McG »

    12 May 2017 · 6:02 pm

    On the internet, always assume everyone you know will see everything you write, each knowing how to do “Save As…” and “Take Screenshot.”

    And always assume at least one of them wouldn’t mind destroying you on a slow news day.

  4. The Other McCain »

    12 May 2017 · 7:50 pm

    In The Mailbox: 05.12.17

    Dustbury: Dumbass Lacks Remorse

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