Intimidation: To make timid or fearful.
This is the tactic of bullies. It this case it`s the mob of righteous indignant bullies who are perpetually offended who rule. It matters not if they actually are correct in their accusations. Their imaginations are limitless and in this case, social media is the weapon and the method of choice, appealing to the bots which rule there. Whether or not the complaint is valid doesn`t matter.
All you have to do is complain and the livelihood of a Twitch streamer or You Tube creator is cut off. All you have to do is start a rumor on Twitter or Face Book, or doctor a picture on Instagram and complain about a pillar of society and they magically lose everything. The perfect medium for bullies to hide behind anonymity and do their dirty work.
What happened to the cry of stop bullying? It seems to be eerily silent these days. Destroy first and investigate at leisure is the motto of most social media giants.
What happened to truth and proof? Who needs that when you can plant misinformation anywhere and the news media parrots it back without a thought of verifying it. Sorry, apologies are never good enough once the damage is done. Which is why I’ve pretty much given up on social media other than a useful tool for getting my name as an author into the search engines.
I don’t scroll the feeds like I used to. They aren’t accurate and not to be trusted. So why stress myself out trying to find the truth behind which ever indignant claim the perpetually offended are making every day? I won’t participate in their disastrous cancel culture mentality. And if you want to keep your sanity, you shouldn’t either.