In wake of suicide, social media expert calls for compassion when posting online

"We are all guilty and no one is guilty," says Dr. Gilad Ravid, lecturer and researcher of social networks from the Department of Industrial Engineering and Management at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev.

Ravid spoke with The Jerusalem Post on Monday regarding the phenomenon of shaming on social networks following the suicide of Ariel Ronis, a manager at the Interior Ministry’s Population, Immigration and Border Crossing Authority (PIBA), after a Facebook post accusing Ronis of racism went viral last week.

Ravid spoke of the phenomenon of sharing stories as one that has always been around, but social networks have strengthened the power of the information. Instead of staying local and only being told to a small circle of friends, the internet has made it possible for stories to go viral and spread around the world very quickly.


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