When I was reading a text, I encountered a sentence which contains the verb phrase "act on".
The Internet and smartphone applications are used for distributing hate messages and acting on the users of them.
My Turkish-English dictionary says that the meaning of this verb is to influence.
On the other hand, when I search it on the website www.oxfordlearnersdictionaries.com, I see that this verb can only be used with things, not people. It is defined as act on/upon something,
Can this verb phrase have the meaning of influencing someone?
Can it be used with anyone?