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From pretending to be someone else online to posting from someone else's profile, here are four things everyone needs to stop doing online.

  1. Posting from someone else's profile or changing it. If you don't have consent, it's not right. You may think it's a harmless joke, but it's not a joke unless everyone is in on it.
  2. Pretending to be someone else online. It's an invasion of their privacy. Plus, being yourself just feels right.
  3. Sending photos of someone without their permission. Everyone has the right to choose who sees their photos, and which photos of theirs are posted online. 
  4. Intentionally excluding someone, like leaving someone out of group chats. It's never nice to feel left out, and just because it's happening behind a screen, doesn't mean it still doesn't feel awful.

These things happen online all the time. You might think they're harmless, because it's 'just the internet', but there are real people with feelings behind (most of) the accounts you see online. 'Treat people how you want to be treated' applies to social media, too.

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