In­ter­net ush­ers in new age of char­ity

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - VIEWS -

of­fers in­for­ma­tion on on­line char­ity more trans­par­ently and fre­quently. De­spite the pos­i­tives, how­ever, the devel­op­ment of on­line char­ity this year has not been with­out glitches. Late last month, it was re­vealed that Luo Er, who went on­line to seek pub­lic help to save his 5-year-old from leukemia, had hid­den from peo­ple the fact that he owned three apart­ments — one in Shen­zhen and two in Dong­guan in South China’s Guang­dong prov­ince. Luo even­tu­ally re­turned the more than $360,000 money he had re­ceived to the donors but only af­ter rais­ing a con­tro­versy.

Some have called Luo “a liar” and blamed on­line char­ity for giv­ing him the chance to fool the Good Samar­i­tans. What such peo­ple for­get is that the truth came to light only be­cause of the in­ter­net.

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