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Ended:06/05/21
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 Is Social Media Good For Democracy? (77)

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Is Social Media Good For Democracy?

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Social media is good for democracy because it allows millennials to speak up about issues they care about and to get their voices to be heard.

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Thanks to social media and the greater access to resources and education, millennials are the most informed generation of voters to date

Zrobinson(4) Clarified
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Using hashtags, web-based media fills in as a useful asset for individuals and developments to share their accounts, contacting new crowds across the globe. The rundown of missions gets longer every day as more individuals utilize online media to bring issues to light and advance fortitude around a development.

Ezekiel8139(9) Disputed
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Fake News stories can engage more people than real news stories and provide them with misinformation

sydney_p(3) Disputed
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Yes, this is a good thing but the only thing this does is bring the word around and bring awareness( which is a very good thing) but just the knowledge of the problem doesn't stop it. Action needs to take place and people can't do that just by social media.

mbenitez(2) Disputed
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More politicians are using social media to win over millennials. This means that their voices are being heard and action is being taken.

Gonzalez(6) Disputed
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I understand what you're talking about but the people on social media doesn't have to only be pictures. Don't you know that they can take videos of what they're doing such as fixing a dam that was close to breaking or helping those that don't have jobs by making a rule which can help the economy flourish just a bit.

AmayaRM(3) Disputed
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Most of the time action can cause many problems. For example, protesting is a good movement instead of just spreading awareness through social media. However, taking action can be a disturbance to people in communities.

nardoD(10) Disputed
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I agree with this. It can bring change to society today. And change isn't always bad.

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Social media is in fact good for democracy as it allows for voters to stay up to date about what is going on in the world more than ever.

nardoD(10) Disputed
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Its is good but can also be used with bad intentions. People like to right up their own thoughts and don't always use evidence to help people understand where they're coming from

Hannah_W(7) Clarified
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Although this is true, it is at the fault of the user if they decide to use social media for malicious purposes. The moderators on social media would work to neutralize the situation.

Gonzalez(6) Disputed
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That is true but is just like when you go in person for voting and all they say are empty promises and do nothing about it. This would be a great example for Donald Trump talking about fixing the country but all he did was build a wall and once again brought segregation.

ARMANIbowser(1) Disputed
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but it also allows the spread of misinformation like the 2016 incident when fake news was spread about the pope endorsing Trump

MsWGS(53) Disputed
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Saya: Media has it's ways to combat fake news, especially in political spaces. With incidents like these, we know that it if fake news because media spreads that fact.

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Social media shows you what you want to see due to the algorithm. For example, our political opinions. If you believe one thing then social media is not gonna show you the opposing argument. It reminds one-sided.

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I agree with this. Additionally, only seeing one side of the argument can lead to beliefs becoming more radical, which adds to political polarization.

Gonzalez(6) Clarified
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I agree with you but I believe there should be a bit more evidence like why they're becoming radical. For example, the people became radical because there was a dispute about the fairness of the countries police using their power in a wrong way. By spreading the news they put it in social media which put a better understanding for those that don't watch the news like myself.

nardoD(10) Disputed
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Its can also expose people to things they don't want to see. The algorithm can be flawed. Nothings perfect

Hannah_W(7) Clarified
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Although nothing is perfect, seeing political views that you don't agree with can be important in-order to gain more of an unbiased and broadened view on the topic(s).

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I can agree with you on this. Social media isn't perfect which leads to sudden errors. These errors could lead to like what most of you have said misinformation but this could be fixed by the company banning false information that ahs been put in t these social medias. That would mean the false information wouldn't impact the representatives or government on what has been stated.

MsWGS(53) Disputed
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Saya: even with the algorithms in place, there is still multiple sides in the media. if someone decides to explore politically, there is a place to be educated and learn about the positives and negatives of other parties.

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I agree, however bias is practically unavoidable especially on online platforms.

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I completely agree with this. That is why it is important to know that social media is bias and one-sided. That way you can look for other resources to find the most un-biased facts.

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Saya: Social media can have positive effects to democracy. It helps coordination by giving a platform for people to communicate and respond to each other, making interaction with representatives, planning and reminding people of events easier.

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Social media can catch people's eyes and attention towards things that are really important. Voting can also become way easier on electronics than in person because not as many people will show up to vote and only a few thousand will be able to vote because of the limitations which is why on Facebook they sent links to vote and it started out slow. Right after saying that their friends have voted it helped show everybody that it wasn’t fake and was quite real which helped quadruple the amount and made the voting successful.

nardoD(10) Disputed
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I agree with this but it can also turn people away from other important topics due to the fact they just are "interested enough" in the topic that want to do something about it

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kaimia: Helps people know what's going on in the world and people can engage with one another

nardoD(10) Disputed
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I see what your saying but it can also push people away from important topics if they just aren't "interested" enough.

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“It helps the community double the number of connections between people and representatives. For example, (in iceland) tagging politicians in group discussions so they can take community issues to parliament.”

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Fake news spread through social media sites can also have a physical effect like In myanmar when misleading images that depicted violence caused an uproar that killed more than 400 people

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I agree, fake news do spread everywhere on social media and it doesn't help democracy.

AidenF(2) Disputed
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Although fake news can be spread through social media, on many platforms there is a filtration system to try and show the most relevant news.

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There is always going to be fake news. In an article by New York Times “Can Facebook Fix Its Worst Bug?” They give an example of Pope Francois endorsing former president Trump(which is not true) Note: (This has already been said)

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Ryan- Some may view the fact that anyone can say anything on social media as a negative, however, this is a perfect example of democracy, everyone is able to express their opinion. Sometimes you will see someone posting outlandish claims, but that is no different than if you saw them holding up a sign on a street corner, you just walk/scroll past them.

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Social media has led to protests that had a goal to overthrow democracy. As a joint session of Congress was meeting to count electoral votes to certify Joe Biden’s presidential victory, a riot broke out and people stormed the U.S. Capitol. According to Vox’s article “How Trump’s internet built and broadcast the Capitol insurrection,” the mob that attempted to overthrow the results of the election had planned their takeover in advance on the social media networks Parler and Gab. Vox says that these sites are lightly moderated and allow for radicalization to occur. In addition to the egregious attempt to reverse the results of the election, photographs of the breach were shared on social media sites, leading to the rioters being praised for their unlawful actions. Social media was a large factor in the U.S. Capitol insurrection which attempted to undermine democracy, so social media is not conducive for a democratic society.

MBarillas(3) Disputed
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While social media may be to blame for some of the outrages such as the capital riot that happened earlier in this year, occurrences such as that are relatively rare and much more good has come out of social media when it comes to gatherings. Take for example the BLM protests that have been occurring throughout 2020, while sure some of them may have turned a bit violent, the majority of them stayed calm, with even some instances having the protesters get along very well with law enforcement. And overall, this has led to big progress in movements such as this.

adaigle(1) Disputed
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Social media is actually lessening the positive effects of movements. According to “How Social Media Helps Dictators” by Erica Chenoweth, “Nonviolent resistance has actually become less successful compared to earlier, pre-internet times. Whereas nearly 70 percent of civil resistance campaigns succeeded during the 1990s, only 30 percent have succeeded since 2010.” This could be attributed to the use of social media for social issues rather than actively engaging in public protests. Without face-to-face contact with the group activists are supporting, movements lack internal trust and unity, so they can easily collapse under pressure. Therefore, social media hasn't really helped social movements to progress.

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Social media is good for democracy because it encourages people to vote.

nardoD(10) Disputed
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True but it can also stir people to harsh actions if they see people voting for people they didn't want voted. Take the storming of the capitol for instance. They did it because some people don't always like what other people want or who those other people want appointed to this position.

gioalvarez(2) Disputed
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Its true that some people will not like who others vote for that has nothing to do with social media because when you vote it doesn't get shared with people unless the person voting decides to share who they vote for which can be done in real life not just exclusive to online.

adaigle(1) Disputed
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According to “Fake stories outperformed real political news over the election’s final months” by Bryan Clark, approximately 1.4 million more people engaged with the most popular fake election stories than the most popular election stories from legitimate media outlets. This shows that, while social media does give people access to news, it may not necessarily be true, factual news that is consumed. While social media does encourage people to vote, it gives them nonfactual information, leading to misinformed voting decisions.

Hannah_W(7) Disputed
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While this is true, if the voter is a responsible citizen that is concerned with having factual information and unbiased views, they con go look into it. The main point of social media is to call people's attention to a problem/event so that they can look into it on their own time.

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Social media can improve voter turnout at the polls. The social message, the researchers estimate, directly increased turnout by about 60,000 votes. But a further 280,000 people were indirectly nudged to the polls by seeing messages in their news feeds, for example, telling them that their friends had clicked the 'I voted' button. “The online social network helps to quadruple the effect of the message,” says James Fowler, the political scientist who led the study.

Ezekiel8139(9) Disputed
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propoaganda can be created and cause people to vote without knowing the whole truth

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Social Media is not always good to vote because social media is creating deeply polarized groups of individuals.

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JOSUEL- Social Media Cause misleading images claiming to depict violence in Myanmar and being shared on social media are sowing distrust and undermining the work of human rights groups.

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Social media can be used to get ideas and opinions to a large number of people quickly. It is much quicker than news papers and needs less preparation than news broadcasts, newspaper articles, etc.

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facts, why go buy a newspaper to see the latest and greatest information, when you could get that and so much more from the comfort of your home, instantly.

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Social Media assume a significant part in expanding public mindfulness and gather perspectives, data, and mentalities toward certain issues. Media is the most useful asset of correspondence in arising world and expanded mindfulness and presents the genuine phase of society.

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Ryan- Social media is a way for everyone to express their feelings and opinions on a subject, and to get their concerns out there to others.

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True, Social Media can help develop friendly developments, empowering the association of people worldwide to build up a base and gain familiarity with issues. The web upholds the preparation of a bigger gathering of individuals inside a more limited timeframe.

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Some may argue that social media is beneficial because it can be used to advocate for social movements. However, social media can actually reduce the positive effects of protests. According to Zeynep Tufekci in the article “Why Street Protests Don’t Work” by Moisés Naím, “Before the Internet, the tedious work of organizing that was required to circumvent censorship or to organize a protest also helped build infrastructure for decision making and strategies for sustaining momentum. Now movements can rush past that step, often to their own detriment.” This means that, nowadays, movements are less established due to the ease of simply posting on social media. Movements have less longevity as there are no solid foundations for them to be built upon.

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Social media is good for democracy because it can get ideas and political beliefs out easier than regular TV outlets. For example, if the message you're trying to put out is as simple as Go Vote, it's way easier and more cost-effective to use social media. According to a study from the text, "The social message, the researchers estimate, directly increased turnout by about 60,000 votes. But a further 280,000 people were indirectly nudged to the polls by seeing messages in their news feeds, for example, telling them that their friends had clicked the 'I voted' button. “The online social network helps to quadruple the effect of the message,” says James Fowler, the political scientist who led the study."

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Saya: Social media can introduce new ways of seeing things politically. It can allow people to educate themselves on what they are voting for, and give them resources that will help them figure out what they want to support.

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Social media is persuasive and often works to change or influence opinions when it comes to political views because of the abundance of ideas, thoughts, and opinions circulating through the social media platform.

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Ryan- Social media can also be a way to gather and look at other people's perspectives on different topics. In the real world you are often surrounded by friends where you tend to think alike, where as on social media, you are able to see how different things effect different people and their response to those actions.

nardoD(10) Disputed
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I see what your saying but again not everyone going to agree with something others believe in just like that.

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yeah it brings fake news to democracy, which is not helping.

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kaimia: Social media is good because it helps people get in touch with family, friends, and anyone they need to talk to and it also creates an opportunity to keep in touch with people on many levels.

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

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I agree with this. People will see their favorite artist, best friend, and even someone they look up to do something then automatically want to do it too. On Instagram they have this one feature where you can see if people you follow liked a post and I myself have fallen victim to liking it just because a friend liked it too. It's just human nature everyone wants to fit in.

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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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Fake News stories can engage more people than real news stories and provide citizens with misinformation

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I agree. for example "during these critical months of campaign, 20 top performing false election stories from hoax sites and hyper partisan blogs generated 8711000 shares, reactions,and comments on facebook.”

MsWGS(53) Disputed
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It's all about clickbait right? Often times fake stories sound more appealing or exciting to people.

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thats facts, people like to say something that isn't true on social media, but it grabs the attention of the people, so it gains popularity.

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People like to have one reliable source that they can really “rely” on. People are very biased and will believe what they want to believe making it hard to change their mind

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People who post on social media often don't fact check themselves or make sure that there is any evidence to back up their claim and this can lead to not only one person being misinformed but all the people who saw what they posted being misinformed about what is actually going on in the world

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People are too easily manipulated by social media, which could change their political views