14 December 2018
Komorebipost
Technology USA

Could Your Facebook Posts Change the World?

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The world is in a technological pickle. Globalization is such that someone in Morocco can speak to someone in Indonesia instantly, without ever having met before. Yet, as information becomes easier to access, it also becomes easier to corrupt. That’s why, according to a recent press release, U.S. diplomat, Scott Busby traveled to Taiwan to speak about how what you read and post on social media could strengthen democracy on a global scale.

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Scott Busby: Deputy Assistant Secretary Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and labor.

False social media puts the world at risk

There is a real danger in spreading false information. In his speech, Bubsy said of those who falsify news: “While the methods of these hostile actors continually evolve, their motivations generally remain the same: to sow discord on a mass scale in order to try to weaken democracies, and ultimately to undermine the appeal of democracy itself. We cannot let them succeed.”

Why? Because, according to Busby, democracy is the form of government that most lends itself toward human rights. False information threatens these ideals.

Busby said, “disinformation is a threat to all democracies.” He did not say this only in light of Russia hacking U.S. elections,  but also is in regards to recent efforts of various governments to silence journalists. Bubsy specifically referred to Burma and their military’s efforts to cover up information. Another prominent example is the Saudi journalist who was recently tortured and killed by his government.

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Save the world: be a social media superhero

Is there any way to be part of the solution? You might have more power than you realize. Given Busby’s statement, simply being smarter about what we read is key to protecting democracy – across the globe. To prevent spreading misinformation we need to be more vigilant than ever. According to Forbes there are five key ways to prevent falling for misinformation.

Forbes’ List:
  1. Always check author qualifications
  2. Ask yourself: Are the sources credible?
  3. Think Critically
  4. Read articles in their entirety
  5. Use a fact checker.

Make the world a better place: Check your sources. Value accuracy. Think about what you read. Stand for truth. And shine light on the world.

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Valorie Broderick

editor, writer at Valorie B. Content Writing
Valorie Broderick is the editor of the Komorebi Post and a web content writer at Valorie B. Content Writing. She has a bachelor's degree in English from the University of Illinois. And, more importantly, she has two cute dogs.

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8 comments

Lonn Dugan 20 October 2018 at 5:36

Well said Valorie: Mark Zuckerberg once famously said, about the social media effect on the world, and on how people consume news, that “the news you want will find you”. This is because our friends on social media are often interested in the same things we are interested in, and somebody will say something when news happens. On the other hand, ‘fake news’ is becoming a buzzword. So we must all take heed to check our sources. At the very least, check http://www.Snopes.com and copy and paste the headline or the first few sentences of something before assuming it is true if you first heard it on social media and the major news outlets don’t seem to have it.

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Valorie Broderick 20 October 2018 at 11:26

Thanks Lonn,! Yes, Snopes is a good place for fact checking. It’s good for us not only to stay informed, but correctly informed. Very true!

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