Monday, June 1, 2020
Checking Facts On All Social Platforms
Social platforms, often called social media or #SoMe, is infected by many people sharing a lot of things they haven't checked before sharing. Even a first semester journalism student can see through many of the arguments, but many are - unfortunately - not even paying any attention to the potential damage that sharing false information can have on the presidential elections in November.
It doesn't matter whether it's big or small news. A lot of little nuggets of error can, when combined, become a very poor image. Try solving a puzzle with the same lack of care and attention... 😇
Even though it may be tempting to trust information that aligns with your personal opinions, you still need to be mindful that information can be colored by bias.
The only way to avoid being cheated into sharing false information is to test all things. It will take more time. But you might want to change your perspective, so you can focus on never being involved with sharing false information.
When claims are made, check it.
In a time where bots are used to spread information, the good news is that such false information can't convince others if it isn't shared.
A lot of money is being pushed into social media campaigns to avoid the careful scrutiny of editors in traditional media such as newspapers and television news networks, and therefore we can all conclude that it is an effective channel for influencing people. But you don't have to make it any worse by helping people share falsehoods.
It is a new way of thinking in politics, and we need to be prepared because this is spreading all over the globe.
Have a nice week. :-)