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Debate Score:139
Arguments:117
Total Votes:148
Ends:07/05/21
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 Is Social Media Good For Democracy? (114)

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Is Social Media Good For Democracy?

Do you think that media/social media is more beneficial or more harmful to a functioning democratic society? 
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3 points

Haley- Information can be communicated and easily through social media. More people can see the news and information online because we have more connection than we have in the past.

AnaFarias(6) Disputed
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Farias - Yes, information can be communicated easily but when it comes to voting for a representative people start posting and sharing things that most of the time is just fake news that people believe, making people's vote biased

S_Haley(3) Disputed
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The news can also spread misinformation. Official resources and news can also effect voting and can make people form bias opinions.

Jordan_M(9) Disputed
2 points

There are more negative sides and more false information than positive. Especially in democracy. For example, our own president was mad that he lost and decided to say it on social media. That right there gives a ton of backlash on social media.

1 point

Yes, I agree also people tend to believe him since he was the president and he also makes himself look like the good guy by posting lies about the other component.

robbie_(4) Disputed
1 point

There could also be miscommunication that can spread false information or create a false narrative of whatever the situation. There's a need for credible sources for this stuff but even then someone's personal bias can affect the information they give.

Haddad(6) Disputed
1 point

i agree because democracy can look at your personal information online and in social media and the democracy can spread false information online and the democracy can spread false information on the news we watch everyday .

1 point

I agree with this, we are able to gain information on a topic that we aren't educated on

Ezekiel8139(9) Disputed
1 point

Propaganda can easily be spread and create false rumors about the government

3 points

Social media isn't good for democracy because social media influences bias. For example, you are in charge of what you see, and those details influence you. Now, politically, you aren't educated and you're just going off of someone else's opinion. -MAXWELL

2 points

I second this notion. You are absolutely right saying that social media influences bias.

AbdulahOmran(7) Disputed
1 point

This does make a good point, however I disagree because although there is a lot of bias on social media, you'll definitely end up doing one of these things

1: Ignore the post

2: See through the bias

3: Depending on your reaction to the post, you will either continue to see similar posts, or opposing views

armanim(9) Disputed
1 point

I disagree social media may influence biases but those biases are excluded when you do research on the topic

robbie_(4) Disputed
1 point

But most biases don't cause an effective thought process even with research done. Former president Trump for example, people wanted him out of the whitehouse and fast. Barely anyone did their research on Joe Biden and they only voted on him to get rid of Trump and the nation is currently on a downfall as gas prices have been increased and multiple laws have been passed on that mainly goes to a specific group of people, even with stimulus checks that haven't been given to those who were promised a check. People let bias take over research or actual information.

Jordan_M(9) Disputed
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Still, you're not forming an educated opinion, you can't make decisions for yourself. All you are doing is going off of what some other person said and agreeing with them.

3 points

Yes because while media can change things up and give uncredited information, there's still people out there that are willing to spread their word and give information about their democracy.

3 points

Social media is bad for democracy because people post fake news that get more attention then the actual real new stories.Also Russian agents try to hack/manipulate the 2016 elections by posting videos,articles,and massage to drive people apart.

2 points

I agree with this. Russian hackers are manipulating the 2016 election, and it is very important.

1 point

Yes, also people where believing those things and taking it seriously.

1 point

i agree with this because it is true how there are fake news out there and how it gets more attention than real news sources as well. i also agree with how social media can be manipulated by multiple countries outside of the U.S as well as them using it for false information to destroy our country and make false claims about it.

1 point

Yes,and the bad thing is the people believe it and took their side.

raheem(3) Disputed
1 point

well fake news is evreywhere even like the TV channels spread fake news or try to either hide the baad news that affect the side they relate too such as CNN and FOX NEWS each one of them spread or talk about news that shows how good the side they support exampel the U.S 2020 election trump supporters were most likely watching and getting news from FOX NEWS biden supporters were getting news from CNN and none of the channles show what are bad things the side you support have while social media people talk like they want and there are sources were you can check if it's fake or not but in social media you can see the truth more but am not saying there is no fake news tho

2 points

Social Media allows people to use their platforms to express their opinions, letting people be more educated politically, allowing them to make better decisions within their democracy, which prevents a blind vote.

2 points

The Facebook community raised $15 million to help people recover and rebuild -- which was the largest crowdfunded relief effort in history.

Haddad(6) Disputed
1 point

i disagree because some communities dont give back money to help people rebuild homes after they homes have been destroyed

AbdulahOmran(7) Clarified
2 points

So yes, social media is good for democracy, to clarify my answer

Haddad(6) Disputed
1 point

i disagree because the democracy can spread rumors online and the democracy can post disturbing things to a lot of people and the demo crays posts online can worry a lot of people

Alanna_Upia6(7) Disputed
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Social media can be good but there are people that can take advantage and scam you or make you believe something that’s fake.

1 point

yes that is true , but social media is still good for some things like raising money for people in needs

Tahseena(3) Disputed
2 points

Some people may use the ability to express their opinions on a platform to manipulate unsuspecting people. They can spread misinformation under the cover of "political education", that can lead to more blind votes than there previously would have been.

kameryn_15(5) Disputed
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I believe that there opinions can create a propaganda, because a lot of people post things about how they view the things politically, and that is not always the truth.

Bellamy(5) Disputed
1 point

While social media may let people express their opinions, they may lead to hate groups and polarization.

AbdulahOmran(7) Clarified
1 point

Propaganda, although it can be spread, is usually taken down by the people running the social media platform, or clarified as false information, with this happening before the information can be widespread.

AbdulahOmran(7) Clarified
1 point

To add to this point, countries like Norway, Sweden, and Canada have some of the most widespread social media access, and not only do they have that, they have some of the best social media communication, which results in their democracies being ranked as some of the best, for example, Norway has the best democracy in the world, Sweden being ranked somewhere along that category, and Finland, one of the countries that offers amazing free speech and social media access, right below Norway at #2.

Jordan_M(9) Disputed
1 point

Even when the president is helping with the votes. What if you can't do anything about it? Social media doesn't have as many barriers as voting in the poles. At least your vote can't be influenced in person and nobody writes for you. For example, the Russian hack of 2016 where a ton of Russians hacked the online ballot and gave Trump the win over Hillary Clinton.

2 points

I believe that social media is good for democracy. One reason why is because it can be used to help inform people about events going on like presidential debates or rallies. It can also be used to help people talk about their problems online and receive support from others about anything.

AnaFarias(6) Disputed
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yes, but usually when someone posts something in social media they exaggerate the situation making one side look awful and the other side looking like if it has no flaws, this makes the voting biased and can bring as a consequence a bad government that was only chose because the other one was looking really bad in social media.

2 points

I think social media is bad for democracy because it is biased. for example a lot of journalists on the news stations are paid to speak about what they think on the topic and then hide the biases with the facts they want to show, just like when on fox news Mark Levin said "Joe Biden is a 'two-bit street politician' who has no intention of unifying America", but CNN talks highly of Joe Biden.

1 point

This is a prime example of how bad social media could get to be

Haddad(6) Disputed
1 point

i agree because the democracy is making social media worse because they are creating disturbing internet posts so the democracy can make people worried and scared of whats happening in the world right now

1 point

Yes, Jordan. The bias of social media may make news articles unimportant and bad.

Haddad(6) Disputed
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i agree because a lot of people in the news stations are talking about democracy and they are saying that the president Joe Biden is participating in democracy and he is a two street in politicians

AbdulahOmran(7) Disputed
1 point

Social Media will have bias no matter what it is, but some of these biases, usually will be exposed and fact checked very quickly, which is what makes social media's huge platform so great, they can dig up facts so quickly and efficiently, which can crush biases, as for the point made that those two news platforms share different views about our president, news reporters usually just follow where the money leads them and what gets them more attention, which is a human trait, biases are usually countered and corrected very fast, which further expands social media's use in bettering our democracy, which is that we can spread the false information about biases that we see.

2 points

People in our generation wouldn't be as informed on what's going on in our government right now if politics weren't talked about in social media. Misinformation and communication only happens when people do not correctly educate themselves after seeing what is happening online. Bias and negative opinions are going to happen either way because this is politics, it's unavoidable and that's what starts a conversation. We wouldn't know half the stuff that is going on right now if we didn't have connection.

1 point

Farias- Social media is not good for the democracy. It's simple, social media places things that you are interested in and that you like, not letting you see the other side of the story; social media will take something you like and turning it into an obsession. For instance: if you like Harry Potter, social media will turn that "liking" into an obsession.

2 points

Yes, this causes you to place too much value in certain things instead of encouraging you to diversify your interests.

1 point

Social Media can put people together all around the world to make a protest and to raise their voice through the internet.

1 point

Yes it can be used to help assemble rallies and protests for important matters like the BLM movement

armanim(9) Disputed
1 point

But can also be used to rally up many bad protest that can lead to events like the storming of the capital

Jordan_M(9) Disputed
1 point

Yes, however, it can also be for a bad thing. For example, a ton of Russian hackers hacked the 2016 election, in which, in my eyes, isn't positive. There are more negatives than positives on social media.

G_Mota(5) Disputed
1 point

The social media nowadays can be used for evidence, if someone do a bad thing and you talked thorough someone on your phone it can be used against you, and with the internet you can also donate money for people across the world who needs help.

JACKSON_G(7) Disputed
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Yes, while the Russian's did try to hack the 2016 election, there are still many positives on social media with movements like the gay and transgender rights and woman's rights and the sharing of opinions and ideas to reach a understanding.

kameryn_15(5) Disputed
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yes this is true, however I believe that this can also negatively effect the way people see each other.

1 point

Social media can keep us safer because of amber alerts being on their website and or safety checks

AnaFarias(6) Disputed
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This has absolutely nothing to do with democracy. Safety is something that social media can help with, but it is not the point of this debate.

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Social media is negative because it can spread misinformation

JACKSON_G(7) Disputed
1 point

While misinformation can and is spread, there are also people who dispute them and educate the people on the right information

AnaFarias(6) Disputed
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Yes, but how is people supposed to know if what other people are saying is completely true and not biased by their opinions.

jstafford3(5) Disputed
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Yes but so can everywhere else on the internet, you cant be gullible to believe everything on the internet. You can also keep educating yourself on the topic to see who is lying and to see who is telling the truth -Junior

1 point

so what you can do is scroll pass it or don't even look that way

kameryn_15(5) Disputed
1 point

this is a good tip, but one person is not going to change the way other people view it. it can effect the way other people think and create propaganda for others.

1 point

yes, social media does in fact have a lot of misinformation as well as false news and fake information leading people to believe in false things

G_Mota(5) Disputed
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That's why people need to make their search and not just believe anything you see on the internet.

Hernandez-Di(7) Disputed
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yes, that is true, but you also have to remember how some research on the internet is false and that their aren't that many reliable resources out their in the world as well as them being easily manipulated by the false news since people nowadays believe anything that happens in social media.

1 point

For people to govern themselves, they need to have information. They also need to be able to convey it to others. Social media platforms make that easier. Being able to relay information to anyone anywhere in the world. It's easy to use something like Instagram, Youtube, Facebook, and other platforms to be able to get the information that you are looking for since its filled with everything that you need.

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That's exactly what the political part of social media does, and there is lots of evidence that is provided within social media posts, allowing less bias to be relayed within their information

kameryn_15(5) Disputed
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Instagram, Youtube, Facebook could be good place to go to , but it can also sway you the wrong way because they post on what they believe. not all the time people post the truth. because the truth is whatever you allow your self to know.

jstafford3(5) Disputed
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Everyone has different beliefs but the facts remain the same. You can say for example the earth is flat, that's your belief, but when it comes down to the facts you're wrong. What you should allow yourself to know are the facts you can confirm. I agree with you on how many people do lie on social media but it shouldn't be hard to debunk them.

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TB: Social media is not good for democracy, because there is no room for changing opinions. On social networks, people tend to converse with those that have similar ideas to themselves, and stay away from people with opposing ideas. This is a very fixed state to be in as there is no moving forward due to the lack of diverse opinions in groups of people.

JACKSON_G(7) Disputed
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While what you say is true with people staying with others who share their ideas, there are other people who change mindsets after talking with others. For example with the BLM movement. However there is always varying opinions on any topic like the supernatural, politics, or anything else.

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I agree, a lot of people stay in their own "bubble" on the internet, just seeing things they want to see, and when something or someone say something opposite on what you like you just block them and continue to talking and seeing things on your own "bubble.

1 point

Social media is a good resource for movements to keep governments and other oppressive systems in check. This may look like using Twitter to call out the oppressive police system with the hhash-tag #BlackLivesMatter. Weston Gobar's “Social media can be good for democracy” provides evidence in support of this point, "Under the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter, activists were able to share photos and videos of excessive police force and militarization. Not only did activists use Twitter as a platform to publicize the use of tear gas, but activists in Palestine were actually able to provide them with real advice." This shows how activists were able to use social media to impact their governments and make a difference.

Jordan_M(9) Disputed
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There are many good societies and clubs you can participate in. So with good ones, there are negatives too. For example, the Russian hack for Donald Trump to win the presidency back in 2016. Also, there is a ton of false information on social media. In your example, you used BLM, there are so many people joking and saying that this is wrong in the group. Not all people believe that some clubs should stand.

mayathors(6) Disputed
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Yes it is true that multiple people online may have opposing views on such movements, but these can be beneficial to calling out one's personal bias and learning about different views. Even with groups that are in the wrong, these can be beneficial to the democracy as they help politicians and other people of power to learn insight on opposing views.

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social media's problem is that.the greatest danger in this dynamic is that, although information that goes viral holds unquestionable power, it bears no special claim to truth or accuracy.

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Social Media promotes fake news. In 2016, fake news stories promoted more than real news. The fake news blog; including hoax sites and hyper-partisan blogs has engaged 8.7 Million people, while Real news has engaged 7.3 million people. Being misinformed can make lots of clueless debates and can cause major problems in society.

Social Media also reinforces negative biases. While social media makes people stand up for what they believe in, it can also promote hate groups like neo-nazism, hate against asian people, and even more. Claims can have unquestionable power, but bears no special claim or accuracy.

Social Media also increases polarity. polarity is the increased or strong opinion about something. Facebook and Youtube have algorithims to engage their audience in like-minded things. It's like being a vegetarian and end up as a vegan. These effects could be what is increasing polarity in america.

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I agree, social media promotes a lot of hate groups also the algorithim showed a lot of people videos the Russian agents made to try and drive people apart.

1 point

Yes, this furthermore proves the point that social media is bad, if not, the prime example. Especially when Donald Trump wanted to recount the votes and put his anger through social media.

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1: Social Media, although it can promote fake news, on most social media websites, there are warnings that inform you that fake information is included within the post

2: A lot of these hate groups are usually taken off of social media, and if not, then they are usually prevented from spreading their points, and overshadowed by more positive information, and as for the bias, there is always bias in all opinionated statements, but evidence is included within the posts

3: Yes, but these like-minded "For You" pages really aren't political oriented, in my personal experience, and many others, I've been seeing many posts about many different political views, and my like-minded posts that are included in my "For You" and explore pages are mainly entertainment and other things.

Jordan_M(9) Disputed
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For the first one, I have a question, do you look on your phone, see an amber alert, then immediately go after the child that was kidnapped?

For the third one, you can determine what you look at on social media. However, you can't determine what type of news you get, you can't determine fake news and bias on your phone. Also, you won't get the chance to construct your own opinion in social media as a whole.

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social media is bad for democracy because it causes a lot of drama because the democracy does not support gun rights or gay or transgender rights and the democracy's internet posts are very disturbing to all the people looking at the democracy posts and all the people will be worried about the democracy posts because their is a lot of violence in the democracy internet posts

mayathors(6) Disputed
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This is true that social media can enlarge negative issues, but this can be seen as a positive view because the more people who know about an issue, the more likely it is for that to change.

1 point

On a daily basis, people use their voices to share their views in ways that can spread around the world and grow into movements

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Social media is not just an effective aggregate of mainstream media and news sources — it can empower the underrepresented and serve as a magnifying voice for underreported issues.

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The Facebook community is in a unique position to help prevent harm, assist during a crisis, or come together to rebuild afterwards.

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Social media allows people to gain publicity and recognition like BLM

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I agree, social media is very beneficial because of how it can strengthen movements like BLM or PAL. This helps keep the democracy in check, as these movements speak on issues in the democracy to invoke change.

Hernandez-Di(7) Disputed
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while that may be true, you have to remember how some people in the world go against things like BLM and discriminate against it, causing chaos in the country and separating people instead of bringing them together.

Hernandez-Di(7) Disputed
1 point

yes, that is true, but you have to remember that social media can also allow people to discriminate against things like that, causing revolutions and disputes around the world all cause of one thing that is trying to help the world.

Tahseena(3) Disputed
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While social media does allow the ability to bring light to positive movements, it can also bring light to negative things. This may infuence people in negative ways.

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so is social media good for democracy? So for me I'd say yes.A reason for social media being good for democracy is that social media is a powerful tool for activist movements. Activist movments ,there is good and bad exampels for it.(There is good and bad in evreything in this world nothing is perfect). Bad exampels such as BLM ,reasons for it being bad there action were based on violence toward innocents people and innocent business owners. Good example Free palestine an movment were they show people stuff happening in palestine such as killing taking innocents people and children and they also donate to people there. And there is more good Activist movments that have good affects to this world.

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Social media allows people to gain knowledge on the topic and allows them to research the topic they want and be educated on that topic

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Social media can also cause negative things like fake stories or real stories but really exaggerated

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When someone is thinking of suicide or hurting themselves, we've built infrastructure to give their friends and community tools that could save their life.

armanim(9) Disputed
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I disagree because at the same time people on social media can lead them to that point of suicide

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and i agree with but people don't get to that point unless someone is really pushing them to that point where they really have to commit suicide , like not supporting them in what they like , or what they believe in

1 point

Social media platforms help us alert one another to a million and one different problems. In the process, the existence of social media can prod citizens to seek solutions to a large problem.

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social media is not good for democracy because platforms like Facebook, YouTube and others use to maximize "engagement" ensure users are more likely to see information that they are liable to interact with. This tends to lead them into clusters of like-minded people sharing like-minded things, and can turn moderate views into more extreme ones.

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I agree with your point. This effect is called polarization, and it is when people strongly believe in a certain opinion or cause.

1 point

Social media keeps us informed and updated about everything that's happening around us.

Bellamy(5) Disputed
1 point

Yes, but sometimes fake news stories engage more people than real news!

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Whysocial media is good there is opportunity for us to connect with our representatives at all levels. Our community doubles the number of connections between people and our representatives by making it easier to connect with all our representatives in one click. When we connect, we can engage directly in comments and messages.For example “ in Iceland, it's common to tag politicians in group discussions so they can take community issues to parliament. Sometimes people must speak out and demonstrate what they believe is right.”

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Social media can be used to uplift voices of people who don’t usually get to speak up.

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Social media can be used as a method to get different news stories told to the public in a quick, fast manner.

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Social media is the easiest way to spread information to many people; possible rebellions could be created to overthrow the government or cause mass protests.

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Propaganda can easily be spread and create false rumors about the government.

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Fake News stories can engage more people than real news stories. This could give could give citizens misinformation and cause less educated citizens.

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This creates an opportunity for us to connect with our representatives at all levels. In the last few months, we have already helped our community double the number of connections between people and our representatives by making it easier to connect with all our representatives in one click. When we connect, we can engage directly in comments and messages

Bellamy(5) Disputed
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This can also be a problem within social media. People who are strongly against the person may lead out to a biased rant towards the representative. This bias may take a negative toll on that certain respresentative.