NGO leader resigns over bad-taste remarks on WhatsApp

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NGO leader resigns over bad-taste remarks on WhatsApp

Post by Anchor Moy » Tue Jun 28, 2016 8:55 pm

Can someone tell me about WhatsApp ? Is this like sending private text messages or is it something that other people can read ? Thank you. Don't have a smart phone, so am a bit clueless about phone apps.
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NGO leader resigns amid leaked remarks

Tue, 28 June 2016
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The president of Maltese NGO Drama Outreach Project (DOP) has stepped down after leaked WhatsApp messages showed him making Cambodian children the butt of off-colour jokes.

The now-resigned DOP president, Alan Montanaro, had led teams of volunteers to Cambodia since the charity’s foundation in 2013. Last September, he sent WhatsApp messages to four DOP staff and volunteers belittling the children they worked with. One child, Meng, is referred to as “El Mingo” and other at times vulgar nicknames by Montanaro, who also suggests harvesting the boy’s corneas.

“Window washers or kidney-donors the lot of them,” Montanaro wrote.

In a message to the Post, Montanaro insisted that the remarks had been taken out of context and were a “coping mechanism” to deal with the “very sad situations” he encountered while in Cambodia.

However, this defence did not cut it with Malta’s NGO regulating body or DOP’s Cambodian partner organisations.

“It’s unacceptable that someone who is going out there to help children is making those kind of remarks,” the Maltese commissioner for voluntary organisations, Kenneth Wain, said yesterday. “I think that after everything that’s happened . . . I don’t think his position [with DOP] was sustainable.”

Ngov Chhiv, director of local DOP partner organisation Les Restaurants des Enfants, said yesterday that no one participating in the WhatsApp conversation would be allowed back at his NGO, although donations and other DOP volunteers are welcome.

“Those in the WhatsApp group are at fault, too,” Chhiv said. “Even the one who leaked it to journalists, why didn’t he reveal it at the time? Why wait until they had a conflict and use our children as the subject?”

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Re: NGO leader resigns over bad-taste remarks on WhatsApp

Post by kiwiincambodia » Tue Jun 28, 2016 9:12 pm

Whatsapp is both really. You can send individual messages to a specific person without anyone seeing or you can set up "group chats". Anyone in the chat group can see anything posted within the group only. Like an old Internet chat room basically but on your phone.
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Re: NGO leader resigns over bad-taste remarks on WhatsApp

Post by John Bingham » Tue Jun 28, 2016 11:53 pm

Alan Montanaro wrote: Window washers or kidney-donors the lot of them...

That's an awful thing to say. If anyone in my company made a comment like that I would rapidly extract myself from their vicinity. I'm not beyond making bad-taste jokes myself, but not that kind of bile. That's just toxic, fuck that guy.
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Re: NGO leader resigns over bad-taste remarks on WhatsApp

Post by General Mackevili » Wed Jun 29, 2016 12:04 am

WhatsApp is my default messaging app, well, if Facebook isn't available.

Let's you know when your messages have been delivered,, and even read.

Based on phone number, but will also work when traveling and you put in a different SIM card with a different number.
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Post by bolueeleh » Wed Jun 29, 2016 7:07 am

WA doesnt allow u to choose what contacts to add or to skip
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Post by Bitte_Kein_Lexus » Wed Jun 29, 2016 8:00 am

John Bingham wrote:
Alan Montanaro wrote: Window washers or kidney-donors the lot of them...

That's an awful thing to say. If anyone in my company made a comment like that I would rapidly extract myself from their vicinity. I'm not beyond making bad-taste jokes myself, but not that kind of bile. That's just toxic, fuck that guy.
Yeah. It's crossing the like for anyone, but is especially despicable given the nature if the job. I love how he tries to say it's a coping mechanism. Fuck off... Were the others volunteers or staff? If staff, it wouldn't surprise me if they just got a job at a different NGO the same sector.
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Re: NGO leader resigns over bad-taste remarks on WhatsApp

Post by phuketrichard » Wed Jun 29, 2016 8:20 am

bolueeleh wrote:WA doesnt allow u to choose what contacts to add or to skip

Although it will add everyone on ur phone contact list it does not mean every message goes to everyone on ur lst

u can set up group chats an add anyone on ur list to it,
so u could have different groups for different reasons, ( work, friends, family)
obviously he sent the message to the wrong group and revealed his true self.

Its my default chat message service other thna Skype

ALSO the message is 100% secure now, but who u send to is not secure
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