Fueling the fire on social media

by Volker Weber

I'd heard about shadowy Russian influence campaigns and militaries fighting warfare with information. But the people I met there showed me there was another, very simple reason why people sent false and sensationalist news to Western audiences. It was for the money - they share it because we click on it.

Simple take-away: stay away from social media. It's a poison.

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See also https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/stories-46152427/the-digital-epidemic-killing-indians : different story, worse result.

Mick Moignard, 2018-11-12

Mick, no need to go as far as India, we can see the deadly (or at least health damaging) results right around us in Europe and the US. The "anti-vaxxers" are all over social media, spreading their nonsense and far too many people falling for it. To my knowledge the number of measles (and other illnesses) cases is increasing significantly with all the negative consequences.

Armin Grewe, 2018-11-12

The only winning move is not to play. Still true. TheGuardian.com recently had an interview with Mark Zuckerberg's sister, Donna. She's not into her brothers creation at all. Social media will be looked at in the future like the period when radio whipped people into a frenzy. Think War of the worlds, 24x7.

Sascha Siekmann, 2018-11-13

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