Election Cycle Insanity….

On election night of 2016, the American people spoke loud and clear and elected Republican Donald J. Trump as our new President. Leader of the free world…..Head honcho.

Both the primary election and general elections were tumultuous and showed that we as a nation remain quite divided on major social and political issues.

As people went about their daily lives during the elections on Facebook and Twitter, our news feeds were inundated with all sorts of “news” posts.  The legitimacy of many of these sites has come under fire, making the issue of online news slant and bias a major issue in our country.

Anyone with a modest amount of tech savvy is now able to publish just about anything they wish, with no checks and balances in place to make sure that the news is at least somewhat true. 

Mark Zuckerberg, founder and CEO of Facebook has gone so far as to ask his development team to produce filtering algorithms to help limit the amount of illegitimate news sites.

It is becoming clear that these unscrupulous sites played a large role in helping to shape the public mindset concerning the election between Trump and Hillary Clinton.

How many different news sites did you follow during the election?  Do you feel they were honest and trustworthy?  Why or why not?

Given the nature of our inalienable right to free speech, is it morally ok for sites such as Facebook to limit and censor what we are able to read online?

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4 thoughts on “Election Cycle Insanity….

  1. Ken, this fake news “invasion” has become quite a big deal and I must say for me is very annoying. I feel that someone should be able to know the fake news from what is real. I typically don’t follow social media for my news coverage and much of what is seen there should always be taken with a grain of salt. For this past election and really any news there is always going to be two sides to every story. I think everyone has the right to say what they want, but they should take the country as a whole into account when posting fake news and not just their own personal benefits.

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  2. I agree that the public has to be held to some account for not checking out dubious news reports on their own. As one author of numerous fake news articles states: “no one fact-checks anymore.” We hear something and because it’s unique or simply unbelievable, and we read it on the Internet, it must be true.
    The issue of fake news continues to gain steam. Since your post, a Washington Post article notes that efforts at disseminating fake election news was supported by a sophisticated Russian propaganda campaign that involved thousands of botnets, teams of paid human “trolls”, and numerous websites and social media accounts that amplified alt-right websites.
    (“Russian propaganda effort helped spread ‘fake news’ during election, experts say” – https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/russian-propaganda-effort-helped-spread-fake-news-during-election-experts-say/2016/11/24/793903b6-8a40-4ca9-b712-716af66098fe_story.html)
    Caveat emptor – “Let the buyer.”
    Perhaps that need’s to be amended to: “Let the voter beware?”

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  3. Facebook is a business. As a business they have a right to include or exclude whatever they choose. I do not go to social media for my news, however, I know many people who do. Facebook may want to provide a public service and list where they typically have their invasive ads some credible sites to check out for news. I am certain they could work out a mutually beneficial exchange with whomever they chose to list — but then would it still be credible?

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  4. I didn’t read many of the Facebook “news” stories. The candidates already have a long record that speaks for itself. You would have to live under a rock not to know that one candidate is a reality star that has declared bankruptcy several times and got a free ride his whole life. The other actually had to “work” to get where she is. They never had to utter a word for my vote this entire election so the fake news stories never had a chance to influence my vote. It is and should never about what you say but what you do.

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