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Perhaps the single most revolutionary idea in social media right now is discarding the assumption that people will communicate in good faith and plan for people with negative intentions.

Being able to assume good intent is not a generalized view point but one that comes from a very specific place of privilege and access.

Shifting away from this perspective would be a significant step forward in improving the quality and safety of online interactions.

@Are0h I think an important skill for peeps to learn is to read between the lines?
Cause "Let's give them a chance" doesn't exactly fly when anyone that has been around the block knows that they're dealing with a bad faith actor, and it can get really bad when a privileged person tells marginalized folks "Well, I don't see the problem, they're just asking a question" for example.
We don't have to assume the worst from everyone, but it's pretty clear when it's bad!--

@Mottie If by 'read between the lines' you mean just listening to marginalized people talk about poor behavior, yes, I agree.

And it's not really about assuming the worst about everyone, but preparing for worst case scenario instead of assuming it's not going to happen based on one's subjective experiences.

Worst case happens all the time. It just may not happen to me or you.

@Are0h
Sad but true. I try to cling to charitable interpretations within certain online communities but yeah

@Are0h omfg I try to explain this to people. ALL. OF. THE. TIME!!

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