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Combating fake news on Facebook

Sunday, October 3rd, 2021

Combating fake news on Facebook [Video] [Issues: Fighting the Propaganda, Knowing the Truth, Facts Matter] https://www.cbsnews.com/video/faceoff-combating-fake-news-on-facebook/

Quote:
Recent studies show articles that peddle misinformation on social media platforms like Facebook get many more shares, comments and likes than factual content – which creates a profit motive to keep the spigot of medically-false conspiracy theories flowing. Correspondent David Pogue talks with experts about how difficult it is to find out just how widespread misinformation is on Facebook; and with a doctor whose emergency room has been flooded with COVID patients, many of whom were unvaccinated, or even refuse treatment, because of spurious medical claims they’d seen on social media.

There also is this article which you may wish to read Former Facebook employee Frances Haugen revealed as ‘whistleblower’ behind leaked documents that plunged the company into scandal (msn.com)

Questions:
How do you know if the information that you are receiving is true?  Do you just look for information that confirms your opinions?  Or do you look for information that can form your opinions?  Does it seem like more people on the Right seek confirmation rather than plain information that they can use to develop their opinions?  Have you received a warning from Facebook for something that you have posted?  Isn’t Facebook equally in the wrong for allowing false information on their platform?

 

Another Anti Mask Republican Official Has Died Of COVID

Tuesday, August 24th, 2021

Another Anti Mask Republican Official Has Died Of COVID

[Video and Article] [Issues: Denialism, Conspiracy Theories, Masks, Vaccines, COVID, DEATH]
 
Quote:
Pressley Stutts, who served as an executive committee member of the Greenville County Republican Party and the leader of the Greenville Tea Party, died in South Carolina after a battle with Covid-19.
 
Stutts had pushed back against vaccination efforts in his state and regularly shared Covid-19 conspiracy theories.
 
In June, he insisted that vaccination efforts amounted to an “ungodly initiative.”
 
He also backed a move by the South Carolina legislature to strip funds from colleges that require their students to be vaccinated in order to attend.
 
Last month, he dismissed the severity of the Delta variant, which was likely the one that killed him.
 
Stutts’ death was confirmed by Dan Harvell, who represents the Anderson County Republican Party on the South Carolina Republican Party’s executive committee… [1]
Questions:
As irritating as it is to deal with these crazy conspiracy theorists don’t we need to resist the temptation to say, let them all die? Haven’t most of these poor souls been mislead by unscrupulous individuals on the airwaves spouting out lie after lie? Shouldn’t these so-called news outlets that have been pushing the lies and conspiracy theories be charged with murder, for aren’t they responsible for the vaccine resistance?