Jennifer Lawrence swears off social media
Jennifer Lawrence, who was the victim of an iCloud hack that led to her nude photos being dispersed on the Internet, said she will never use social media again.
Lawrence vows to never use social media
When asked why she does not have Twitter and whether she would use it in the future, Lawrence explained that she is not tech-savy, which may indicate that she had a weak password for her cloud storage account, reported The Guardian.
"I'm not very good on phones or technology. I cannot really keep up with emails, so the idea of Twitter is so unthinkable to me. I don't really understand what it is, it's this weird enigma that people talk about. And it's fine, I respect that, but no, I will never get a Twitter … And if you ever see a Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram that says it's me; it most certainly is not," Lawrence said, according to the news source.
It is curious whether Lawrence's lack of tech skills are the reason she does not want to use social media or whether the hack that occurred in September, in which photos of Lawrence and other celebrities such as Rihanna and Kate Upton were stolen, is the real reason that she refuses to use Twitter and Facebook.
The iCloud hack was a sex-crime
Lawrence has been particularly vocal about the incident, breaking her silence in November, and has repeatedly described the unfortunate event not as a scandal, but a sex-crime.
"It is a sexual violation. It's disgusting. The law needs to be changed, and we need to change. That's why these web sites are responsible. Just the fact that somebody can be sexually exploited and violated, and the first thought that crosses somebody's mind is to make a profit from it," Lawrence said, according to The Guardian.
Lawrence also explained to Vanity Fair that just because she is famous does not mean that she condones the behavior of the hackers, or the behavior of the individuals and sites who spread the images on the Internet.
"Just because I'm a public figure, just because I'm an actress, does not mean that I asked for this. It does not mean that it comes with the territory. It's my body, and it should be my choice, and the fact that it is not my choice is absolutely disgusting. I can't believe that we even live in that kind of world," Lawrence added, according to CBS News.
Internet crimes leads to less activity online
Lawrence's comments shed light on another issue besides sex-crimes and the intent of those who perpetrated the hack. It seems that the actress is discouraged from using the Internet to its fullest potential, based on her experience. Whether she is simply not a fan of technology, or whether her refusal to use certain technologies indicates a retreat from the thing that hurt her is difficult to know.
"It's so beyond me. I just can't imagine being that detached from humanity. I can't imagine being that thoughtless and careless and so empty inside", Lawrence told Vanity Fair, according to The Guardian.
Last week, CNET reported that Women, Action & the Media created an online form that lets users report harassment on Twitter. According to WAM, harassment leads to the silencing of voices online – women who experience harassment online are dissuaded from using the Internet. Whether Lawrence's avoidance of social media is simply a personal choice, or a evidence of a larger fear, cannot be known. Free speech rights on the Internet should be protected, but harassment also needs to be addressed.