He told BuzzFeed News he suspected the Chinese government was holding back information. It was obvious, he said, to use the app to speak directly to people there — and it worked.
“I learned the quarantine is not exactly soldiers on every block keeping people in, it’s more like your neighbours will snitch on you if they see you out and about,” @drethelin wrote. “But I probably could have learnt that from public sources if I did more research.”
He said Wuhan residents were finding out information the same way he was: talking to each other and from public sources.
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James, who is an English teacher in Vietnam, had a similar objective.
“With all the scaremongering and fake news, I just wanted to find out about the experiences of the people who were actually there,” James told BuzzFeed News.
Wuhan-based Tinder users were happy to tell James how they were feeling, and he shared some of their responses in a post on his blog MediaVSReality.
Some were anxious.