Don’t let hotspots become cold-blooded killers – Opinion


Rescuers are seen at the Longcao Valley in Longmenshan town, Pengzhou, Sichuan province, August 14, 2022. [Photo/VCG]

Seven people died and eight others were injured in a flash flood in Pengzhou, in southwest China’s Sichuan province, on Saturday. , and a diversion channel – has become a highly sought after vacation destination after countless recommendations on social media platforms such as DouyinLittle Red Book and Dianping.com.

So should apps and websites be held liable if users recommend risky areas? Many on social media sites wonder if these platforms should take some responsibility for promoting unsafe and underdeveloped tourist sites. They say these platforms allow users to recommend unauthorized tourist spots regardless of the dangers involved, just to gain more online traffic. Endorsement by apps and sites has led to the influx of tourists to otherwise obscure destinations.

However, there are others who blame the tourists, saying they ignored warning signs warning of impending calamity, as well as warnings issued by the local administration persuading them to leave before the flood hits.

In the eyes of the law, it would be difficult, if not impossible, to hold social networking sites responsible since the recommendations of these platforms did not directly lead to deaths.

But the case calls on platforms to improve the review and approval of the content they post online. They should at least alert users to potential risks if they are unable to verify themselves. After all, these major social media platforms have corporate social responsibility.

Tourists themselves must also take responsibility for their safety and err on the side of caution. Before going on vacation, it is better to equip yourself with basic knowledge of the place where you are going and avoid rushing to choose a destination just because it seems popular online. If they are unable to carry out verification themselves, they should turn to professional tour operators or experienced tourists.

Besides, people should also refrain from recommending or sharing information about underdeveloped tourist places online because different people have different levels of survival skills.

Hopefully with more mature tourism products and market and improved tourism experiences, tour related accidents can be reduced.
Don’t let hot spots become cold-blooded killers anymore.

The author is a China Daily writer.

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