Toronto emergency personnel rescued a woman who climbed to the top of a construction crane in Toronto early yesterday morning. As onlookers and social media applauded the firefighter who brought her to the ground, some very weird assumptions and jokes about who this woman is and why she climbed the crane emerged online.
It’s become instinctual to grab our phones and start shooting when we see something surprising or unusual, but we need to start thinking more carefully about how we share these images as an emergency unfolds. In the last month, we’ve read too many stories, local and abroad, about people sharing videos of suicides and murders on social media (like this
story from this week). We’re all glad the woman who climbed the crane is safe this morning. But maybe next time let’s wait until we get a little more information before jumping to conclusions and posting online. NOW Magazine