it's pretty bad and harmful in general.
be extremely critical of everything you read. check your fucking sources. and before you spread shit, like, be sure you're not playing directly into the hands of people who just want a basically innocent target to perish for malicious reasons. that's all i have to say about that
oh wait also: screencaps and logs are very, very easy to fake, so don't automatically trust them. plus, even if someone did say something, always check to see if there is context someone has (accidentally or on purpose) omitted that makes it not as bad as it appears
and in general, like... have a sense of perspective. and remember that the people on the other side of the screen are real, actual, flesh and blood people whose lives you might be ruining
"but kasran this is all a lot of work"
it is! but it's also very, very important. spreading a callout is EXTREMELY SERIOUS; people's livelihoods are at stake. so you owe it to yourself, the people around you, and in general the entire internet to fact check those accusations with a careful, skeptical eye before putting them in front of other people - because you can't necessarily trust others to have done it for you, or to have gone about it in good faith.
ultimately, if you read some shit about whatever and it makes you uncomfortable, you can change your own behavior however you like. but if you try to *spread* that information, you're doing a very serious thing and you need to handle it with care.
otherwise, i can't help but feel like there's a catastrophe of distrust on the horizon. bad-faith shitheels are already taking advantage of it.
@typhlosion As we grow increasingly interconnected, pulses of malicious disinformation are like self-inflicted wounds on the web of our cultures. Every person is a possible vector; a neuron firing off the same burning message or a different one. It's a choice.
Don't help cut off a piece of us that _isn't_ cancerous.
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