http://www.nytimes.com/2022/10/20/technology/disinformation-spread.html On the morning of July 8, former President Donald J. Trump took to Truth Social, a social media platform he founded with people close to him, to claim that he had in fact won the 2020 presidential vote in Wisconsin, despite all evidence to the contrary. Barely 8,000 people shared that missive on Truth … More TheVoiceOfJoyce The misinformation and disinformation spread on legitimate Social Media platforms goes from ultra right platforms and through retweets, like or videos, amplifies Trumps lies, that the “2020” election was stolen. 69 + million people have viewed these lies and believe Democracy is in danger. One can only wonder why haven’t they fact checked the data? Several reasons, $100 millions and $Billions have been spent perpetuating these lies, by Republican 1% ers. There’s a lot of money involved for them. Looking at the big picture, they don’t want a strong Federal government, they’re not using Fed Infrastructure funding to improve their States, they’re assuring Corporate Greed is keeping inflation high and wages low and they’re not for Ukraine either, it’s in the RNC platform. Unfortunately, for the lower and middle class Republicans, they’re turned off by elections, hostile, curtailing voting rights, storming the offices of election oversight officials and creating mayhem. Too bad there isn’t community service for these disrupters, resulting in 100’s of hours, studying civil discourse, civics, politics and education about understanding the difference between research, facts and lies. Perhaps a short course in the use of Social Media Platforms is available, too. There are two week courses available! Why accept disrespectful and abusive behavior? Use the opportunity to educate those “ now terrified “ of the system. Then , charge the Perpetrators of misinformation and disinformation with a crime. One way, to decrease misinformation and disinformation on SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORMS. If it’s not possible to charge incites for a crime under the current Section 230 of the FCC Decency Law, change the Law. Why is America allowing election lies to flourish and undermine our democracy?
http://www.washingtonpost.com/technology/2022/09/22/midterms-elections-social-media-civil-rights/ Through memos and meetings, the Change the Terms coalition for months had pleaded with Facebook parent Meta, Twitter, TikTok and YouTube to bolster the content moderation systems that it says allowed Trump’s baseless claims about election rigging to spread, setting the groundwork for the Jan. 6, 2021, riot at the U.S. Capitol, according to … More TheVoiceOfJoyce The representatives of truth and fairness should be concerned. The Internet is not neutral. There is an ultra conservative bias built into the system. The Social Media Platforms are neo liberal. ( no accountability, self regulating and support small government) Therefore, according to existing Law, they can’t change, their power over the data they collect and the content they allow, on their platforms, belongs to them and not us. Congressional misinformation makes them billions. All data that’s controversial, creates influencers and those influencers attract millions, and make millions for themselves, and the Social Media Platforms they choose. You want to preserve our Democracy? You want to stop the Culture Wars? Change Section 230 of the Communication Law and write new Laws, regulating what can be transmitted on Social Media platforms. The worst offender is Meta/Facebook. They won’t willingly relent. Remember Facebook partnered with Cambridge Analytica to understand Facebook’s role in Election & voting decision making. Cambridge Analytica funding came from the Mercer’s, conservative leaning billionaires. TikTok is now removing political parties, politicians and campaigns from their site. Twitter is also stopping political ads somewhat. The others? Only Laws will restore ourDemocracy and decrease culture Wars. Do you want to hear the truth or lies? Do you want Democracy or Corporations to decide what information you see? The Social Media business model , wants no regulation and unlimited power. They have more power and money than anyone else. Do you want them, to make life choices for us? Or, Do you want to be an informed citizen and make your own decisions? We can have a say in Social Media content, by writing Laws to protect our privacy and our Democracy.