Social Media Distorts Breaking News

Let’s face it, today the world has never been more angry, hateful, and afraid. With social inequality, political unrest, environmental degradation, and high standard of living disrupting the world, there remains another issue at large: Active shootings.

In 2019, active shootings have become a new global norm. Orlando, Las Vegas, Paris, Oslo, Peshawar, and now Christchurch. These notorious massacres demonstrate how turbulent times are. How hatred and fear remain alive and well.

Today, no one is safe. Active shootings do not discriminate against any nation or border. A sentiment that has perpetuated people to act irrationally when a scare or real incident occurs. The catalyst behind this irrationality is social media, people can easily distort and handicap breaking news stories through their posts.

Through the likes of Twitter and Facebook, we can react and respond to just about anything in life. A powerful luxury nonetheless that has amplified our need to constantly commentate. That’s a major problem considering the sensitive nature behind situations like active shootings. Facts are crucial, but they’re sadly overshadowed by comments and retweets.

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