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Ends:07/05/21
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Cancel culture is destroying our society

"The victim ends up losing their job or is significantly harmed in some way well beyond the discomfort of merely being disagreed with." - Forbes

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I agree very much on this one. While people do get "cancelled" for valid reasons, sometimes it is caused just out of pure hatred for the person and it can damaged a persons life/reputation.

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I agree a lot of people get cancelled for stupid stuff like the time people tried canceling cardi b on spending her money or when people tried cancelling bill gates for donating a 100M to charity

AmrElkheir(4) Disputed
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Yeah, I agree that maybe destroy our society. and also Yeah, No one dispenses with his country

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This is very true, many people are getting kicked out the community that they made because of what they said or what they did back in past. Although some cancel culture is good, the majority of people who cancel are petty and seek the attention of others. poggers

I agree with you because I have seen something on the news recently where a high school student posted something outside of school but still got suspended.

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I agree with your statement because no one deserves to get their career to be ruined by a mistake that they might have done and everyone deserves a second chance

AmrElkheir(4) Disputed
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Yea some society can be bad tho, and you can't do anything if you do something bad in past.

BeeLaney_com(1) Disputed
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While it is true that the victim's career is ruined, it may be for a good reason. TW: Mentions of pedophilia and grooming

For example, if a popular celebrity has been shown to have groomed children, that is a perfectly good reason to cancel someone. There is no excuse for their actions and definitive proof is needed to move them off the pedestal they have been placed upon.

Although, in some cases, I agree because cancelling someone for something as stupid as not liking a specific show is entirely absurd and, quite frankly, dumb.

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Taylor Williamson- I agree, it is bad that some people were cancelled depending on the situation. And also, if people like those pedophiles and homophobes don't get exposed for who they truly are, how else is the WHOLE WORLD going to know for sure besides with social media?

ChrisDavis(8) Disputed
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This is a valid reason if that's all cancel culture was. If cancel culture was that only them I believe that cancel culture would be a great thing. Cancel culture has been abused and mis-used. People are getting canceled for giving there opinion.

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I totally agree with you on that, if a popular celebrity has been shown to do those thing cancelling is 100% valid but canceling for stupid things is pointless and useless.

AmrElkheir(4) Disputed
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Yea, I agree but you need to know who is groomed people and who they are? Just for Clarification

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Another way social media negatively affects people is something called a filter bubble. According to “The Conversation” this term filter bubble is used because platforms such as Facebook will make sure to only show you what you like and believe. Meaning, if you believe that global warming is not real and everyone is making it up then, the algorithm will be sure to only show you what you want to see and hear. This limits people’s ability to see other’s opinions and views. In doing this, people’s beliefs won’t be challenged and questioned; making them very fixed and unwilling to grow as a group. When tied with democracy this can manipulate people in a negative way.

I agree with what you said because social media has a big negative impact in general and in society because they are a lot of things out there that aren't real.

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I agree with this, social media itself even can even affect others it is not just the people on the platform. At the end of the day, the people who are in charge of that platform just want everyone on there so that their life is better, and they do that with filter bubbles.

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Social media is not good for democracy because it can cause polarization. Many groups will not agree with the other side and join in with groups of the same ideas which leads to polarization.

I agree with you because "As recently as a year ago, Zuckerberg might have proudly rattled off these facts as a testament to Facebook’s power."

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Social media provides a place for bullying to thrive. I personally have seen people being racist, sexist, and just generally rude on both tiktok and instagram. That traces back to democracy because in order for society to function as well as possible, people need to be more united rather than against each other. -Sayeed Azam

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I agree with this because democracy needs to be a safe and kind enviroment to thrive at its best. Now with social media in the way, it can cause a dangerous and harmful place for people. Lots of people are getting bullied just for saying their ideas and that's not right. Lacey Compas

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I agree with this. While social media is a way to express your feelings freely, it should also be done with respect and should not be targeted to hurt people.

I agree with you because especially in today's time a lot of people bully other people on social media.

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I agree with this i also saw a lot of people being bullied online

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social media is good for democracy because now and in the future people are going to rely on social media everything is going to be on electronics people are making their voices heard and there problems, on social media because it have a big platform and people are usually interested to hear about what problems happened so that's how the people stories blow up or gets a lot of views in social media that's why it’s important for democrats to be active on social media to see how citizens feel and think and what are things that they have to change or be fixed. Ex:Media has given political parties the tools to reach large numbers of people and can inform them on key issues ranging from policies to elections. In theory, the media should be seen as an enabler for democracy, having better-educated voters would lead to a more legitimate government.

Not everything on the media is always true.

The Russia-linked posts were “an insidious attempt to drive people apart,” Colin Stretch, the general counsel for Facebook who will appear at the hearings, said in his prepared remarks. He called the posts “deeply disturbing,” and noted they focused on race, religion, gun rights, and gay and transgender issues.

Twilliamson(5) Disputed
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Taylor Williamson- That is true that you can get fake new that tears people apart, but there is also real news that can bring people together. And People can also obtain key information of what is happening recently that they wouldn’t get as close up anywhere else but from social media. For example, according to The Cavalier Daily, “Under the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter activists were able to share photos and videos of excessive police force and militarization.”.

KennyS(6) Disputed
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Although there is mostly real news out on the internet, all the false information is still out there and taking that risk of believing something that might be true or not can impact a way someone thinks and feels on a certain subject

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I agree that that the Black Lives Matter movement was a positive movement that was helped by social media. However, aside from that there are statistics that show that fake news gets more views because people find it more interesting. Fake news about covid is very frequent and can cause people to prolong the process of covid that is heavily harming the economy and also human life.

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Not everything on the media is genuine.

"The thing is, these “Posts” are generally not the whole reflection of their lives. They are snapshots creating a “Highlight Reel” on your social media feed. People don’t take photos of their worst moments, but rather, they take photos of the moments they are filled with joy or pictures that will help them get the most ‘likes’." - Livewire.org

I agree with you because “Perhaps the greatest danger in this dynamic is that, although the information that goes viral holds unquestionable power, it bears no special claim to truth or accuracy.’’

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In the 2016 election the country of Russia infiltrated popular social platforms and influenced the people’s opinions. This caused people to be wrongly informed and manipulated.

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Social media an cause an addiction problem to the citizens of a democratic society which leads them to worse health conditions on their body. Extended screen time and the overbearing presence of unrealistic body ideals on social media as well as an individual's physical or body dissatisfaction can reduce self-esteem and increase stress levels.

I agree with you because social media can have a negative effect on us.

“Perhaps the greatest danger in this dynamic is that, although the information that goes viral holds unquestionable power, it bears no special claim to truth or accuracy.’’

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i agree with this a lot of social media can lead to metal health issues

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Social media can be weaponized. Virtual interference could hijack physical systems essentially creating a cyber attack. Such as the 2016 elections when Russia interfered with the votes.

I agree with you because especially in today's time the Chinese try and hack a lot of things.

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People may be bullied for their opinions on democracy in social media

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Exactly, social media is a hate platform majority of the time, such as twitter. Twitter can spread so much hate as well as false information on peoples opinions or on things happening in our world/country today.

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Social media has a lot of fake information including fake democracy news

A lot of the information on the media isn’t always real .

“Perhaps the greatest danger in this dynamic is that, although information that goes viral holds unquestionable power, it bears no special claim to truth or accuracy.’’

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I agree with you because we really can't tell the difference of false or true information and believing something that is false will impact the way a society runs and will create a false imagine in someones head that a person might be bad even if it is not true

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Social media can persuade people into thinking something that they do not fully agree with.Russia persuaded Americans in the 2016 election. Social media allowed many posts from Russia to reach millions of people in America. Lacey Compas

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I agree with you people can spread a lot of fake stuff and it can make it really hard for people to find real information

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People may change their own democratic opinion even if they don like it if their favorite celebrity does it

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Social Media is good for democracy because if you ever live in a abusive household or you need help , there is a sign that have been created in this pandemic because people have been more in danger of an abusive household or relationship because of the lock down so the past year social media have improved how helpful it is for citizens .ExThe social isolation measures necessitated by the COVID-19 pandemic are making it more difficult for those who are at risk of abuse or violence to safely reach out for help.“Signal for Help” is a simple one-handed sign someone can use on a video call. It can help a person silently show they need help and want someone to check in with them in a safe way.There’s ample evidence that disaster situations can lead to a surge in gender-based violence. Public health directives on home isolation might increase danger and risk for people in abusive relationships.

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I agree with your statement saying that social media can help people who are in abusive homes or in any type of unsafe environment.

Rachel00(10) Disputed
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But it can also be a huge source of abuse. This can create unsafe environments and toxic communities

Ahmed_Awadel(8) Disputed
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its not the best idea because 47 percent of young people have been harassed online

"Nearly half of young people (47%) have received intimidating, threatening or nasty messages online"

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Taylor Williamson- You can build multiple relationships on social media that you wouldn't be able to have any other way. Sure, people think that relationships can get broke by what you say on social media, but, what is the difference between ruining a relationship online and ruining relationships in person?

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Social media platforms like you tube allows their you tubers to lie about anything and they will not get in trouble for it since its legal

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Social media shows more good and bad in communities. The George Floyd incident happened and social media went crazy. Everyone said all cops are bad after one cop not doing his job correctly and killed George Floyd. Yes, I do think that was wrong but I do not think other cops should've been put through hate for this. This clip showed one big bad thing that happened, which was horrible. No one really shows clips of cops being a hero and doing their job correctly and amazing things come out of it.

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I agree with you that social media sometimes exaggerate things and some people take it over the top by making other people think that a whole group of people is bad even if a minimum of that population is bad.

JMalone9(7) Disputed
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While not all cops are bad, the entire movement was made to fight for black lives and the injustice reality that they live and have to suffer with. The movement opened many eyes and shows how corrupted the system is, not to cause hatred towards cops. There are many more incidents than just George Floyd, in fact there are thousands that have been silenced and not received justice. Why work for a system that is corrupted rather than trying to help fix it? Social media didn't put sudden hatred on cops, it opened peoples eyes and showed them what was really happening.

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I do support this movement but however social media is not good if it is always negative. This was a good thing that it was shared with the world but people need to still see good in dark times where social media really needs it.

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Taylor- I agree, our world is slowly falling apart, and not all cops are bad just because they are cops, I kind of regret giving the example I did, I was not compassionate enough for this example, nor connected.

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I feel that using social media for democracy is a good because there’s more updated access to resources and education.

Rachel00(10) Disputed
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Social media is also a source of fraud and identity theft.According to BBC news that the group of Russians involved were accused of wire fraud and aggravated identity theft. To give more information, wire fraud is a federal offense and has a max sentence of 20 years. Identity theft is a federal offense that becomes aggravated when said person commits theft of public money, embezzlement of a bank officer or employee, as well as impersonating a US citizen. It is impossible to be accused of wire fraud by accident; it is an offence that is done intentionally. These are serious crimes that were committed against our country.

ShaharaCoy(7) Disputed
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Although, identity theft is relevant social media is also a source where people can share ideas, communicate on things that are happening currently, share their opinion on things, and voice their reason behind their opinion.

Ahmed_Awadel(8) Disputed
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Actually social media is not the best source of news

"“67% of US adults say they’ve come across false information on social media.”

ShaharaCoy(7) Disputed
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But social media is actually a good source of news because the platform has become a more dominant method for news interaction.

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Although social media could be used as a good thing, many people like to abuse it's power. When president Trump told many people to protest the capitol through social media, others thought it would be peaceful. Considering that the protesters found a way into the capitol building and there was absolute chaos. This kinda shows that social media isn't good at all.

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I agree with that statement. When social media can be a platform for threatening the safety of our white house and the people in it that make laws and structure of government.

Haneen(10) Disputed
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It's not social media fault it's the way how people reacted to it nobody told them to go and break in to the white house they did it by there own

Rachel00(10) Disputed
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Ok yeah, social media isn't a person and it was made for us to use and if we are abusing it and using it in negative way then we shouldn't be trusted with it.

luismontanez(2) Disputed
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Although that might be true, Trump urged supporters through rallies and social media to "fight like h*", meaning that Trump wanted them to fight and they did.

I agree because a lot of people like to take advantage of social media by bullying people.

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People can get depression and metal illnesses if they keep getting bullied over and over again for their political opinion

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I agree with this statement too. Depression is a real thing and social media doesn't help much with the toxic cancel culture or fake images of amazing life it give a message or standard that can't be practical. - Davis

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Learning online can enhance academic performance and increases creative elements according to Jeff From, “New Study Finds Social Media Shapes Millennial Political Involvement And Engagement” Forbes, June 22, 2016.

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Social media can lead to nasty propaganda about the other political group. People from one side of the political group will say very bad things that may not be true.

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I agree with this statement because our Declaration says freedom of speech with some limitations so social media is really a place where anything can be said fact or opinion from hate to positive feedback.

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There are lots of fake news sources that people do not know about, which can lead to false information spreading everywhere.“In the final three months of the US presidential campaign, the top-performing fake election news stories on Facebook generated more engagement than top stories from major news outlets such as the New York Times, Washington Post etc.” This can definetley hurt our democracy because people could think something is good, but in reality it could be bad. Social media is hurting democracy. Lacey Compas

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Yes, I agree that social media is useful for democracy, because people can learn news faster on social media and they can vote as well, and you can read people's opinions in social communication. Social communication facilitates many things for us, such as democratic news, to be short on social media. It is beneficial to democracy.

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By connecting people across the world for free, platforms like Twitter and Facebook set the stage for a promising digital revolution, providing tools that helped foster global friendships, break down long-standing barriers that kept people and ideas from being heard, and served as the ultimate democratizing force for information.

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Social media puts unrealistic standards and pressure on achievements that should be happening in someone's life. Instagram beauty models can make people think that they need to look a certain way to be accepted into a society, where that is not true. The fault of this can lead to some people being unhappy with the way they look and feel and make the community a more divided place.

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Taylor- Honestly, I think social media is both good and bad. It's a precious right to have free speech, and people take advantage of it every day. But, that does not mean we have to end it for those who appreciate it and treat it with respect.

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Social media helps a lot with education you can learn anything you want from social media and you can learn about other people

culture or religion and maybe have a different opinion about them or view them differently after you hear information about them or educate yourself also social media is a really fast way to publish news about what’s happening in the world .Ex: You can interact with other people and have fun. You can learn from people who live in different countries.

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Lately social media have been a good platform to track or catch sex offenders ExNew Jersey vigilante uses YouTube channel to expose alleged child predators Ocean County resident creates his own version of 'To Catch a Predator'

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Social media links communities together and gets people talking about subjects(mostly issues that otherwise wouldn't have been brought up. Ben Incaprera

jcarlson123(4) Disputed
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Although social media brings people together, it will bring people with the same beliefs and could lead to some extreme beliefs.

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I agree, also sometimes those strong beliefs can lead to dividing people instead of bringing them together.

JMalone9(7) Disputed
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While social media can link communities together and get people talking about subjects, it can group the wrong type of people together and they can cause and create violence/hate.

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I agree. There are many different conspiracy groups interacting on social media that spread rumors about the government or other things. This obviously takes a toll on our society because it causes less people to trust those in power.

Rachel00(10) Disputed
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Even though it brings people together it can also be damaging. When groups of people get together they start to do a thing called homophily which is when certain groups come together on common interest. When tied with democracy the Republican and Democratic system is a great example. These two political groups have caused a rift in our society.

Ben_Inc(1) Clarified
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While I do believe homophily is a problem, where people use social media as a way to find like minded individuals. This also is an occurrence is everyday life, social media isn't the originator of this tendency to seek familiarity. It is wired into us as a grouping mechanism, social media won't change this and it is a norm in real life. That's why it's up to the person to find others who differ from their opinions. It is not up to Social media, it isn't the definitive core of the problem.

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Social media lets people get help for things they cannot control. TW: Mentions of Abuse

For example, if someone is in an abusive situation, they may turn to social media platforms for advice and help. People on social media may have gone through the same thing and have some advice to share on the matter. They can help get the victim to a safe place and away from their abuser.

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Even though it can bring people together in this way social media is also a big source of abuse. In the political election people are brutally harassed and looked down on for not agreeing with certain parties. This develops bad communication and a toxic environment.

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I agree with this a lot because in a democracy people are supposed to be able to share their ideas with the world. But, social media has began to lead this downhill. As people share their thoughts and ideas with the world they start to get harassed and torn down, just for not having the same views as other people.

Haneen(10) Disputed
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Thats why there is cyber police that can help people and look at people information to see if it's harmful or not

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It is true that there are cases of people having gotten help on social media. However, there are different things such as hotlines and support groups that have a much higher chance of not only ensuring support but it doesn't have the risk of hateful people showing up on the discussion. In addition, people might be trying to do the opposite of help the person which in turn could increase their trauma. -Sayeed Azam

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This is a very good point because we don't need social media. If people need help with stuff they can go to therapy or call a hotline. This will get them the help they need and they can stay safe while getting it. Our democracy will be able to run better because there will not be the risk of getting attacked for sharing their views.

Haneen(10) Disputed
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But that still doesn't mean it's not a hate crime that they'll still be charged on all with evidence and witnesses people will still at least have the right to tell the police and open a case

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I agree with this statement because you never know what someone is going through and hotlines can provide great support or advice to someone in need instead of giving more hate or negative input.