Study finds U.S. mass media coverage of Covid-19 is excessively negative (and scary) in tone compared to international media, science media, etc. This twisting everything into scary news is intentional – inducing fear creates more clicks and generates more ad views and return visits to keep appraised of what is happening. The fear mongering is intentional.
This is an Internet/social media phenomena that never occurred to me: “Munchausen by Internet occurs when medically well individuals fake recognized illnesses in virtual environments, such as online support groups.”
A relatively small number of people account for sharing of most fake news stories on social media. Much of it originates from people or groups with an agenda – and is propaganda intended to sow societal dysfunction.
The sole purpose of social media is to serve as a frictionless platform for the spread of propaganda, in order to sell eyeballs to advertisers.
Twitter censors a doctor for posting a fact-based reasonable questions. Social media is a friction-less platform for the spread of officially sanctioned propaganda. Anything else, even facts, are censored by Twitter.
A 13-year old student lied about something at her school, leading her father to launch a social media campaign which ultimately led to the brutal murder of a school teacher.
Youtube censored a video about playing chess – because the content referred to “white” and “black” chess pieces, and used phrasing such as “attacked” and “defenses”. Their censorship is based on AI- models which sometimes are closer to artificial stupidity.
Facebook CEO did, in fact, intercede in FB’s teams decisions regarding acceptable speech on Facebook. Now we get government censorship via proxy – and let billionaires decide what we are allowed to read, see or hear.
If the government prohibited us from engaging in speech someone in power did not like, this would be called censorship and a violation of the First Amendment. What is it called when the government puts pressure on BigTech companies to censor speech? It’s called government censorship via proxy. And the BigTech companies seem very happy to comply with government censorship campaigns – to curry political favors as government threatens them with regulation.
According to the NY Times “Unfettered conversations” are taking place on a new cloud-based app. Is the NY Times suggesting all conversations should be monitored by the secret police or their proxies, the tech companies? This seems bizarre.