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No Online Closet for Political Hopefuls' Skeletons

SOCIAL NETWORKING—U.S.

November 8, 2010

With the prevalence of social networking sites, The New York Times reports that "it was a given that a generation of politicians would someday find themselves confronted with digital evidence of their more immodest and imprudent moments." That someday is now, the report states, pointing to recent U.S. political hopefuls who have had to explain compromising photos, videos and comments posted online or on their own social networking pages. When it comes to transgressions recorded for posterity online, one expert suggests, "We're in kind of a cultural transformation right now... It's a relatively slow process in political terms, but culturally, we're going to get used to this." (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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