In this episode of Manipulating The Masses we’ll be talking about the power of social media to change the national conversation. Specifically, we’ll discuss how the rise of the Anti-Vaxxer movement was fueled by social media platforms. More specifically we’ll dive into how flawed social media algorithms became even more blemished when trying to keep people engaged and on-site.
In 2018, about 20% of Americans said they got their news most often from social media. In just one year, in 2019, that number increased to 59%. Find more stats from the Pew Research Center on news use across social media platforms in 2020 and previous years.
We take a deeper look into the power of social media to influence our understanding and opinions on current events and what can be done to create a more informed and educated public.
Has social media influenced your understanding of current affairs?
Is there anything social media companies can do to fight against disinformation campaigns?
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