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dublinben  ·  193 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: How WhatsApp Destroyed A Village

    Vicious Rumors Spread Like Wildfire On WhatsApp — And Destroyed A Village

    In July, residents of a rural Indian town saw rumors of child kidnappers on WhatsApp. Then they beat five strangers to death.

People spread rumors. People destroyed a village. People beat five strangers to death.

The people involved in this need to take responsibility for their actions, or this will never improve. Pointing the blame at a foreign technology company is a cop out.

kleinbl00  ·  193 days ago  ·  link  ·  

And they will - but they were prompted to act in a manner different than their usual by the presence of a new and untested technology.

You can't act as if media has no impact on behavior.