Does anyone else feel that it's peoples' own fault if they are affected by online fake news / political propaganda and this latest Cambridge Analytica thing?
I come from an age in which the internet was not considered serious business and the first rule was "on the internet, nobody knows you're a dog" - in other words, check your sources and don't believe what you read unless you know where it's coming from. To that end, all these "scandals" about fake news, Facebook marketing, social media "manipulation" etc are actually just all covers for a different root issue - too many people have become gullible idiots who'll believe any old ****e they see on the internet regardless of where it originates - and, indeed, sometimes without even knowing or caring where it originates.
In my view, it's those peoples' own fault if they get manipulated. I have about as much sympathy as I do for the people who actually fall for the "Nigerian prince 419" email scam and end up getting their bank accounts fleeced - if you place your trust in random **** from the internet and make major life decisions based on it, then to be honest you probably just shouldn't be using the internet at all. The only "action" required from Facebook, in my view, is to include a message which says "This is the internet. A lot of things written on it are completely made up bull****, and have been since the feckin' thing has existed. If you want facts, turn on the TV or read a newspaper - social media is for ****s and giggles, and should be regarded, like Wikipedia, as an inherently unreliable source".
I find it pretty sad that we're now talking about regulating the internet in an extensive way just because there seems to be a whole generation of idiots out there for whom the "don't take stuff written by random people online seriously" principle has not sunk in. We should be telling them to change their own behaviour, not forcing the internet to change for them.
Tl;dr - reputable news websites are for serious business. Social media is for cat videos, party photos, and time-wasting memes. Ignore this, and it's your own damn fault if you end up voting for someone you otherwise wouldn't have.
Anyone else feel this way? It pisses me off that cool, fun things on the internet might be about to get ruined, regulated or shut down because there are too many morons who aren't capable of understanding the principle that the internet is not necessarily a reliable source of information about current affairs, and that social media is explicitly designed for soapboxing and advertising - not giving an accurate or balanced picture of world events. That's what the Six One news is for. Facebook shouldn't be under any obligation to do anything about this, as the real problem here is people using social media for something it was never designed to be used for. Their own stupidity, tbh.
How many of you on AH have honestly ever made a decision about who to vote for based on something you read on Facebook or Twitter? Seriously?