What is the difference between a person who causes harm by accident and another who acts knowingly? The difference is the intention, of course. Most of the people who took the Capitol Building this week believe they are fighting evil forces to save the country. Imagine if somebody somehow used lies to convince you that some enemy organization stole the elections and is about to take control of the country to destroy it. How far would you be willing to go to save it? Whatever your answer is, your hypothetical motive is not evil in itself because, ultimately, you want to save the country. In the end, however, you will pay the price for your actions regardless.
But what about the people who lied to you? They must have an ulterior motive. They misled you to cause harm to yourself and others, for what reason? I will venture to guess the sinister motive is almost always power and money. Intentions matter.
The critical lesson here is that a big part of the population is highly susceptible to manipulation and could potentially be used to cause great harm. Don’t get me wrong; the mobs are not innocent; rather, the masses are vulnerable. Social media has made the nefarious work of manipulating vulnerable people incredibly easy, which means the cybersphere requires strict regulation and oversight by governmental agencies. If this sounds sketchy to you because you have a principled distrust of government, then you should probably start assessing your own mental capabilities.