Disasters Breed Trolls And Worse

By Andrew Witzel

Scrolling through Twitter and Facebook gives one a true idea of how awesome human beings can be and also how horrible human beings can be. In the middle of a disaster, there are no labels other than “good” and “depraved” to be given to people. The good of the group go out of their way to help others, sometimes putting their own safety aside, because it’s the right thing to do. The good person is doing this because they want others to help them in the same way in the future or someone has helped them in the past. The depraved person on the other hand, does not help others, they only help themselves. Their actions benefit only their own self-centered needs regardless of the obstacles they have to push out-of-the-way.

To prove the point, I’m using a tweet that I’ve since reported to Twitter as this is only one of many examples of depraved people taking advantage of a disaster.

Here’s a screen grab of the tweet in case Twitter actually blocks or deletes the orginal:


Looks legit until you scroll down to the bottom and see that it’s organized by Texas Organizing Project Education Fund. While my knowledge of PACs is limited as they’re so complicated in how they function, the comments on this tweet are very clearly negative.




We unfortunately have to deal with these depraved trolls that are poor examples of how we should be treating others. Do yourself a favor and do a little research on the organizations you’re donating money to before you actually hit the donate button. Two of the most common and legit organizations, that you can actually SEE on the ground, are Salvation Army and American Red Cross. Don’t support the depraved in our society!

I'm a middle aged tech geek with a passion for computers, technology, politics and all the bits in the middle between 0 and 1. I am what could be considered a moderate progressive and like to consider all sides of a debate before taking a position.

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