Social media outrage that is directed towards government and political figures is rarely constructive. For every incident of outrage about a policy that breaches human rights, there are 1,000 trivial incidents that do political damage to politicians for no reason.
We only have to look at the social media outrage surrounding Labour leader Ed Milliband eating a bacon sandwich to see how this outrage is most often deployed.
Social media outrage can derail a politician's career for eating a bacon sandwich, eating fried chicken with a fork
, or for Tweeting their own name by mistake.
It is hard to see how this has improved society and politics.