What are social media websites there for?
It is in our nature to want to help others. We’re pack animals after all. Social media giants are well aware of this, and the social impact of people sharing with their most trusted inner-circles.
It brings them all the eyes (and users) to their websites. They don’t rely on any other way to get new members or users. They literally just want you to share everything with everybody.
So they’re not quick to react to, or remove, inaccurate attention-grabbing articles that we all know exist. And most would admit they have once shared with their ‘friends’.
This is how they spread their services. Which in turn they sell advertising next to.
The more attention-grabbing something shareable is, the better for them.
The only situation where this doesn’t apply, is when the lack of removing such an article causes a media wave of bad publicity. In which case they may at best remove something (that has now been on the internet so can never be fully removed) and send out a press release that has been written by the biggest team of lawyers and marketing experts. Although the social media site founders will sign it personally – don’t want to appear to be commercial now.
And in most cases, they totally ignore the media, and monitor their statistics to see whether said news has actually increased their revenues by way of people sharing such posts.
So although they perhaps once started their social media platform to benefit society in some way, they’re now some of the biggest companies that have ever existed on earth, and are listed in stock markets and have huge investors who want to see return on their investments. So are answerable to them. Therefore they’re basically just here for profit now.
As a side note, although most social media platforms perhaps started to benefit society, it’s well documented that Mark Zuckerburg, the founder of Facebook, set the website up as a ‘book of faces’ and names of girls in Universities.
Can I trust what I read on social media platforms?
In nearly all cases, no. Not one bit.
Unless the source is from a reputable well-known specialist in a field you’re reading about, and know the ‘post’ or ‘link’ or ‘image’ is genuine and real and from them, it isn’t worth sharing with others. The risk of sharing inaccurate information is massive, and the risk of causing harm from doing that is real and happens every day.
If you’re too busy to fact-check it, say to yourself that you’re too busy to share it then.
Coronavirus; what is it?
We are starting to compile some useful information and links to reputable sources. Our first article is; Coronavirus; what is it?
We’re looking for contributors who can help fact-check news articles and sift through the many sources of Coronavirus information to find the accurate up-to-date scientific opinions and papers.
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