I'll admit it. I do have moments where one swear word slips out here and there. But hearing it and seeing it knowing how polite I am, it's really annoying. I hear in people's conversations, I hear it in commutes, I see it in internet chat rooms. It's really annoying. I think it is the time that social networking sites activate profanity filters so that offensive words don't come across the windows and forms. I would really like chatting with people where profanity doesn't fly around, like people taking like frustrated sailors.
I like to keep conversations polite. Swear words just break it all up. You know, would you talk to your young children and have them say your swear words!? No, that's impolite. I used to cuss when I was young and I got in trouble in school just for that. In 2nd Grade.
While we can't completely eliminate swearing from the internet, not like that is going to happen because of our 1st amendment rights, we can do something about it.
If facebook.com and AIM and other social networking websites would like to be more kid-friendly, profanity filters are a must.
How would profanity filters work?
- Turning the swear words into #$%^&^%&%^
- Turning them into *******
- Or just eliminating them completely
Facebook and other sites shall try other things:
- Penalize users for using swear words by counting each instance
- If they use too many profanity words and images they'll have their profiles restricted.
- Their abilities to post will be limited
- Their profiles will be disabled.
- Finally if profanity continues they'll be banned.
- Replace the word with a polite one.
- Don't use the word.
- Don't have anything nice to say, don't say it.