Although, we often refer to it, as Social Media, the reality is, it often, is anything but, social! How often do we witness a couple, sitting in a restaurant, both, busy on their Smartphone, instead of, actually, speaking and communicating, with each other? Many surveys indicate, also, far too many people, gather most of their, so – called, news and information, on this type of media. Recently, the major social applications, stated their policies, regarding, election advertising, and posts. While, because of public pressure, they began doing some form of fact – finding / verification, on every – day posts, yet, they announced, they would permit political advertisements, without these checks! Already, some of the posts, on the most widely used social media application, from the Trump campaign, were accepted, even though, many television stations / networks, refused to place them, because they proclaimed, them, to be extremely misstated, and far too negative / prejudiced! With that in mind, this article will attempt to, briefly, consider, examine, review, and discuss, 4 concerns, which this behavior exposes / risks.
1. Shouldn't there be some standards ?: They've already accepted, and permitted advertisements, from the President's re – election campaign, which are, at best, unproven, and more probably, outright distortions / lies. These included unproven claims about the Biden family, as well as material misstatements, about President Trump's, so – called, accomplishments, to date! We have spent the past, nearly 3 years, concerned about the damage done, by Russians, etc, during the 2016 election, with their social media postings, yet, rather than demand better, and more, the bar has been lowered !
2. The policy benefits the campaigns, which lie, and make distorted statements, the most !: Isn't there, enough, lying, and too little, genuine integrity, in politics? With this policy, the campaigns, which depend, mostly, on telling lies, blaming, and complaining, and assuming little personal responsibility, are given an advantage!
3. Makes the content unreliable, and undependable: This short – sighted, decision, probably made, either for political / personal agenda, reasons, or, merely, to make money, translates to, making the reliability of posts, unreliable, etc! In the longer – term, it transforms this format, to a digital version, of a tabloid paper!
4. Repeating the same mistakes, and compounding them: Have they learned nothing, from the past, Presidential election? This policy, provides the message, while individuals may not post certain misinformation, it's okay, for paid political advertising, to do so!
Wake up, America, because the concept of free elections, and an informed electorate, is, at – risk! Demand better, and more responsible behavior, and, in the mean – time, find more responsible ways, to gather real facts. Remember, there is no such things, as real, and alternative facts! It's either factual, or it's not!