A warning to social media users in Mexico
It’s well known that the drug cartels in Mexico use murder as a way to send a message to the community and also to the media. Killing people to set an example happens quite often and it typically works. It’s not so typical for this to happen to social media users.
However, the cartels are now trying to intimidate people using the Internet in Mexico to get them to stop speaking out against them. In a horrifying news report from CNN today, a drug cartel in a border town of Mexico killed two people and left a message “This is going to happen to all of those posting funny things on the Internet,” one sign said. “You better (expletive) pay attention. I’m about to get you.”
The intent is to silence anyone using social media and the Internet in Mexico that are exposing the cartels. Quite possibly the Zetas cartel is behind today’s killings which operates in the area of where the two people were murdered. In the messages two blogs were specifically targeted as a warning to their users that they are watching: Blog del Narco and Al Rojo Vivo.
Although the cartels may be watching, it’s hard for them to actually know who is speaking out if they remain anonymous. This is why Internet anonymity is so important. For users to be able to speak out without reprisal.
Above is the message left with the two bodies
Above is a gruesome photo of the two people who were murdered