We are now "innocent bystanders" with a small amount of responsibility.
I personally will not listen to slander. I will tell those who are complaining against another person: "so tell him that if you have a problem with him". But those who beat others down using their tongues never go to those they repeatedly slander. They only wear you down with their endless ranting and raving.
The reason the slanderer continues ripping others apart with their words is because not enough people silence them! They have too many people who are willing listeners.
Because the majority of people thrive on malicious gossip and tale bearing. There are groups of people who enjoy taking part in gossip marathons and no good ever comes from it.
Does not the bible instruct us to go to our brother if we have a problem with him and work out our issues or wrongs in that manner?
Yes it does:
15 Moreover if thy brother shall trespass against thee, go and tell him his fault between thee and him alone: if he shall hear thee, thou hast gained thy brother.
16 But if he will not hear thee, then take with thee one or two more, that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established.
17 And if he shall neglect to hear them, tell it unto the church: but if he neglect to hear the church, let him be unto thee as an heathen man and a publican.
What good can come from us slandering another even if we have a valid complaint towards them?
If we truly want to solve a conflict, we must confront those we have an issue with or who have wronged us.
Until we do this, fixing an issue with those who have wronged us is not a possibility and certainly will not be gained by resorting to slander.