Is Social Media Good For Democracy? Pd. 7
Social media is a powerful tool for activist movements. Twitter has been a valuable tool for activist movements around the world especially under the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter, which made activists share videos and pictures of police force and militarization being racist and killing black lives. Today, the BLM movement, following the tragic murder of George Floyd, is now a global human rights movement, with protests taking place daily in all 50 states of America, as well as in over 20 countries worldwide.
Social media such as Facebook is helping the community with these things around the world. They're helping against major crises we are having. Problems like terrorism, natural disasters, disease, refugee crises, and climate change need coordinated responses from a worldwide vantage point.
yes they maybe helping communities but they also destroy communities because when a group of people get canceled for a reason which they shouldn't and when they just didn't know and if you told them it could of solved the situation is stead of making them pay with bad reputation
I agree with your argument, A few years ago, after an earthquake in Nepal, the Facebook community raised $15 million to help people recover and rebuild -- which was the largest crowdfunded relief effort in history. We saw a similar effort after the shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando when people across the country organized blood donations to help victims they had never met. Similarly, we built tools so millions of people could commit to becoming organ donors to save others after accidents, and registries reported larger boosts in sign ups than ever before.
When need social media to keep up with things around the world, like “BLM Movement” and other activist groups.
Evidence: According to "Social media can be good for democracy,” 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."
Russian agents intending to sow discord among American citizens disseminated inflammatory posts that reached 126 million users on Facebook, published more than 131,000 messages on Twitter and uploaded over 1,000 videos to Google’s YouTube service. The Russia-linked posts were “an insidious attempt to drive people apart." They focused on race, religion, gun rights, and gay and transgender issues.
As we all know, several people tweeting what was going on during the protests outside of news outlets was very serious this past year. Regardless of what is going on in the world, news sources can be very biased. The "BLM Movement and Protests" made many people understand that this was a serious situation. At the end of the day, regardless of what is going on, everybody has the right to their own opinion.
I disagree because black lives matter is a real thing, there are actually cops that kill black people for no reason at all and everyone is on twitter tweeting about this movement because its important to speak up and show people around the world this is real and we have to do something about it.
Facebook data scientists — suggested that certain messages promoted by friends “increased turnout directly by about 60,000 voters and indirectly through social contagion by another 280,000 voters, for a total of 340,000 additional votes.” That is over half the amount of people in the state of Vermont.
Social media allows for the younger generation to voice their opinion and research about politics and presidential candidates.
Gone are the days of the blind following the blind. Thanks to social media and the greater access to resources and education, millennials are the most informed generation of voters to date. "- Millennials are speaking up about issues they care about by Jeff
Mead Social media websites are promoting misinformed information.
“During the U.S. election, propagandists — some working for money, others for potentially state-sponsored lulz — used the service to turn fake stories into viral sensations, like the one about Pope Francis’ endorsing Trump (he hadn’t).”
Farhad Manjoo, “Can Facebook Fix Its Own Worst Bug?” New York Times, October 24, 2017
I agree with your argument, About 60 million users (98%) received a 'social message', which which encouraged them to vote, provided a link to information on local polling places and included a clickable 'I voted' button and a counter of Facebook users who had clicked it, and also showed the profile pictures of up to six randomly selected Facebook friends who had clicked the 'I voted' button. The results showed that those who got the informational message voted at the same rate as those who saw no message at all. But those who saw the social message were 2% more likely to click the 'I voted' button and 0.3% more likely to seek information about a polling place than those who received the informational message, and 0.4% more likely to head to the polls than either other group.
Sure, but the amount of information about everything going on around the world should at least be limited to only a few social media apps because the amount of information about the world that's already out there still brings harm to people, like at protests. If a protest starts, people can easily be hurt or worse killed because there is so much information out there already.
The algorithms that facebook, youtube, twitter and others use to maximize engagement to ensure users and are more likely to see info they are liable to interact with. This can lead people into clusters of like-minded people sharing like-minded things, and can turn moderate views into more extreme ones.
i disagree because,
Facebook is making our global community safer through Amber Alerts and Safety Checks. To prevent harm, they can build social infrastructure to help our community identify problems before they happen. When someone thinks of suicide or hurting themselves, they built infrastructure to give their friends and community tools that could save their lives. When a child is missing they build infrastructure to show the Amber Alerts and then multiple children are rescued from that.
Social media helps some people start to get more comfortable with using their voices to share their views in ways that can spread around the world and grow into movements. For example, a grandmother with an internet connection wrote a post that led her friends to start a Facebook event that eventually turned into millions of people marching in cities around the world.
I do get where you're perhaps coming from but do realize it brings more awareness to people as well that Activists were able to use Twitter to publicize the use of tear gas but activists in Palestine was able to give advice to those who help in need of it + giving them the advice to prevent stuff like this.
Using social media as a platform for communities to come together and spread awareness and help each other is very important. Social media has brought attention to serious events, like how to protect ourselves during the pandemic or show awareness of unwanted police brutality.Using social media brings light to issues we need to work on and communities can come together and help out by bringing up the issues.
The algorithms that facebook, youtube, twitter and others use to maximize engagement to ensure users and are more likely to see info they are liable to interact with. This can lead people into clusters of like-minded people sharing like-minded things, and can turn moderate views into more extreme ones- therefore having views that are negative.
Social Media Provides a Platform for Hate Speech that Traditional Media Can Not
Carlos Maza “YouTube’s Messy Fight With Its Most Extreme Creators,” Vox, October 19, 2017. Social media as a platform for communities to come together could only brake them apart. Hate speech can enacted on social media causing conflict.
Social media like youtube, twitter and facebook don’t have to check their facts and could spread false information on the issues.
Evidence: Independent YouTubers also have zero obligation to fact check themselves, provide evidence, or face debate.
Evidence 2: For many people, Facebook is their only source of news, and they have little experience in sifting fake news from credible reporting.
In 2016, facebooks influence on political topics such as propaganda and the u.s election. People had used the service for fake stories to blow up and be spread into viral sensations. Facebook has to act as the larger cloud of misinformation and half-truths swirling about the rest of media. It sucks up lies from tv and Twitter/other social medias, then precisely targets each lie to the partisan bubble most receptive to it.
m.simpson: I see what you're saying, however, social media can be easily spread from one user to the next. As a result, simply sending a message could take a long time. If you have a large number of followers on social media sites like Facebook or Instagram, your post/story would be seen by a large number of people at once rather than individually. It would be better to use social media as a source even if it is;t as serious than using smaller sources such as iMessage to send around a serious. In other words, it's better to be on the safe side of using social media.
Countless eyewitness accounts of police brutality and racism have surfaced on social media in the form of videos and images that have been captured on mobile phones. The circulation of such evidence has gathered immense support on sites such as Instagram and Twitter, with each share and repost bringing in hundreds of views every hour.
Fake news stories engaining people
During these critical months of the campaign, 20 top-performing false election stories from hoax sites and hyperpartisan blogs generated 8,711,000 shares, reactions, and comments on Facebook.
Bryan Clark, “Fake stories outperformed real political news over the election’s final months” The Next Web, November 16, 2016.
Yes, there is fake news their will always be fake news for social media to Television news in general. But when it comes to social media you have to be able to look at the source that you are getting this information. CNN for instance is of course a very much left news source that is opinionated like Fox. Then get your information from a Non-bias news source.
2016 Election Fake News stories engaged more people than real news stories
Bryan Clark, “Fake stories outperformed real political news over the election’s final months” The Next Web, November 16, 2016. Fake news heavily outweighs non bias real news causing a majority of people to be getting fake information wrongfully persuading there viewer.
Social media helps keep our community safe like for the kids, the teens, and the adults. Such as Facebook making our global community safer through Amber Alerts and Safety Checks. This helps us locate missing people as a whole and not ignoring each other and going on with our day.
Social Media is helping millenials to speak about issues they care about. Thanks to social media and the greater access to resources and education, millennials are also the most informed generation of voters to date. Because of social media, everbody can voice their opinion on any topic.
There are even more cases where our community should be able to identify risks related to mental health, disease or crime. To help during a crisis, we've built infrastructure like Safety Check so we can all let our friends know we're safe and check on friends who might be affected by an attack or natural disaster.
Social Media is creating an opportunity for us to connect with our representatives. Research shows that in the last few months, we have already helped our community double the number of connections between people and our representatives. people use their voices to share their views in ways that can spread around the world and grow into movements.
Social media does not allow totally unbiased free speech. If what you say has certain buzz words, the platform can block you(in many ways). Free speech means free speech! The only exception is inciting violence. But just because your opinion isn’t PC, don’t mean it’s invalid! Free speech means free speech. The soap boxes of the past didn’t limit what you said! (Sometimes even if what you said could incite violence)
Third world countries are making fake posts, articles, and videos and putting out false and “disturbing posts” about topics such as race, religion, gun rights, and gay/transgender issues going on. They were deemed as an insidious attempt to drive people apart. American citizens disseminated posts that reached over 126 million users on facebook- and tweeted over 131,000 tweets to twitter.