At a news conference this afternoon in Brooklyn, Bloomberg went on an extended riff about the dangers of social media, even confessing at one point that he advised News Corp chairman Rupert Murdoch to stop using Twitter.
“I’ve told your boss, I think he should stop twittering,” Bloomberg told a reporter for the New York Post, which is owned by Murdoch.
Asked later if he was actually referring to Murdoch, Bloomberg smiled and replied, “I don’t know who that would be.”
Bloomberg proceeded to unload on users of sites like Twitter and Facebook, admitting that he’s dumbfounded about how some people don’t seem to realize their posts could come under public scrutiny and come back to haunt them.
"Number one, I don’t understand why people don’t understand that anything you write, anything you send out, is gonna be retweeted, re-Facebooked, re-this, re-that," Bloomberg declared, clearly exasperated. "You should write down, number one, only things you believe, and number two, then think about how it would look if somebody else sees it. There are just a lot of young kids who are doing things on their Twitter account, their Facebook account that later on is going to come back and bite them. I know you want to share information, and it’s nice to be able to express yourself, but you have to have the maturity to understand (what you’re doing).”
Bloomberg said it was difficult to comprehend how some adults don’t understand that “someday, somebody is going to take a look at what they do.”
“It’s very addictive, it’s easy. You hit a button and nobody thinks that the rest of the world is looking at them,” Bloomberg continued.