As Dallas grapples with its third confirmed case of Ebola, Texas citizens are turning to friends, family, and—predictably—social media, to cope.
While some have taken to publicly discussing the outbreak via Facebook and Twitter, others are choosing to confide in Whisper, a popular secret-sharing app that allows users to post their thoughts anonymously. This week the app has seen an influx of posts from Dallas, where a 39-year-old Liberian patient’s death from Ebola has led to two more confirmed cases.
As Slade Sohmer, Whisper’s head of news service, explained to The Daily Beast, the app uses “multiple back-end tools” to “double and triple check the whereabouts and credibility of each user.” From a conspiracy theorist who doubts the Ebola epidemic to a person convinced that they’re next, testimonials provide an inside look at the tension and anxiety pulsing through the Lonestar State.
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