Remember when Facebook was that place where your mom could share that ridiculous article she just read and you weren’t immediately suspicious that it was written by some hacker in Russia ? Ahh, simpler times. In a time where everything that’s read and shared by everyone on Facebook is greeted with skepticism, it’s vital we […]
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At a United States Senate meeting last Wednesday, members of both parties questioned social media executives about the scope of foreign countries’ ability to use social media as a weapon against democracy. First, I wanted to step back and share our view of Twitter’s role in the world. We believe many people use Twitter as […]
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No matter how massive social media has become over time, we believed for a long time that we all could have the presence we wanted on our social media profiles. We believed for an extended period of time that what we wanted made public and private on our profiles remained this way. However, as we […]
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I started paying attention to the social media hearings when Jack Dorsey tweeted out his opening statement. I had never analyzed social media, but specifically Twitter and Facebook’s roles in my life. Were they meant for me to see all offering opinions? Was I supposed to be able to see hateful rhetoric? Was it my job […]
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In middle school, I learned: 1. How to set up my Facebook account 2. Wikipedia was not a valid or reliable source. Now, the thought of using Wikipedia has vanished and yet the cite that I once used to communicate and connect with friends across the states — is now where we search for important news articles? Something doesn’t seem so right.
The biggest question I have is: when did we abdicate our responsibility for gathering, investigating, and verifying news sources to sites such as Facebook? Growing up with a with a renowned journalist as a mother, a stepfather who was editor in chief of a top magazine, an activist stepmother, and a father involved in local politics, I was taught the only fake news that affected our society came from magazines that I would see online at the grocery store, such as US Weekly or the National Enquirer. But now, years later, the topic of Fake News has taken over my dinner table conversation.
So what should we do? It’s time for us take back our responsibility. Marc Zuckerberg, said in a CNN interview “We need to make it so that trolls can’t spread fake news. We can get in front of this.” But I think, Facebook can make their changes, so can Twitter, so can whoever — but it’s up to the consumers to find the truth. Check the website an article is from. Find out who wrote it, search who it is, and determine whether or not the information and sources are reliable and accurate. When it comes to the generation I’m a part of, we love instant gratification. An article on our newsfeed becomes the quickest way to grab a story. But it’s time we take a step back, become more thorough in our investigations of news stories and opinions.
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In times of social media, the gatekeeper roles of classical media are increasingly dissolving. It has never been easier to spread important news all over the world in the shortest possible time. However, this also applies to false information and hate speech. Especially on Facebook, the largest social network in the world, disinformation is a […]
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I have never liked to use the words “fake news” to describe inaccurate or intentionally false information on Facebook because those words have been thrown around a little too freely by people who don’t like to face the truth. However, there is a real threat of accounts spreading inaccurate information on Facebook. So, how do you […]
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The creation of the World Wide Web has lead to social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter. These platforms allow people to share and post information while connecting and engaging with others. An issue that has followed the emergence of these social media sites is the authenticity of the information shared with its users. […]
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After the shocking revelation that social media were used to influence Americans during the 2016 election, the specter of meme-savvy Russian agents has haunted public discourse. Today there’s a kind of arms race to identify and oust troll-generated content on platforms across the internet. In May and June of this year alone, Twitter suspended over […]
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For years, I’ve heard the phrase “you can’t believe everything you read”. Though this phrase originally applied to untrustworthy information in print media, in current times it’s most applicable to information shared via social media. Facebook has been at the forefront of this investigation of the spread of false information, which was put on the […]
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