Analyses | Innovation and technology development | 2019-05-02 | HKET

Is empathy contributing the dark side of digital begging?



Launching fundraising campaigns through the internet, which allows people to reveal their financial needs and request monetary support from strangers, has gained popularity in recent years. However, some netizens are accused of using false identities to defraud donors, while some unemployed teenagers even earn a living by live-streaming and begging from social media followers for donations. What will be the impacts to the society when digital begging becomes more popular?

The full version of the commentary is in Chinese only.