Social media like Twitter and Reddit are formidable sources of information, but whether that information turns out to be true is sometimes difficult to figure out, especially when you are trying to learn more about a niche when gossip is still ongoing.
In fact, social media have a really bad habit of spreading misinformation far and wide very quickly causing any actual information to be buried under them.
Here are some examples directly from Twitter user DefNoodles to best exemplify the issue.
In turn, this creates cancel culture, a culture made for people who hastily jump to conclusions. In short, we can observe the Dunning-Kruger effect in action.
This does not go without consequences. With defamation merchants on the loose like the notorious Youtuber Daniel “Keemstar” Keem who likes to spread or create manufactroversies based on half-truths both for attention or to attack the character of anyone, he does not like. His most infamous case was involving RSGloryAnGold whom he falsely accused of being a Pedophile because he looked like another person who was an actual Pedophile that was arrested by the police.
Other people affected by this phenomenon are:
- Pyrocynical, who was accused of being a Pedophile simply for being creepy in a Discord chat. This is further expanded in this video by Optimus.
- Slazo was accused of being allegedly a sexual deviant by 3 people, the first one named Chey (or FiZZIP0P), the second one named Hyojin, and the last one being Alex (or ImAllexx). Further expanded here.
- Zaptie was accused of being a Pedophile too. The aforementioned Alex was the one to make up the allegation and everyone believed him since Zaptie did not try to defend himself.
While Twitter and Reddit are good sources of information, they are not always reliable. Always verify whether what you are hearing makes sense or not.
Misinformation versus Disinformation
However, that does not end there. The biggest perpetrators of fake news are the news outlets like Fox News who would rather push partisan views rather than remain factual and while we singled out Fox News on this post, many more news outlets do this. We would wish all of them were tabloids (BuzzFeed), conspiracy moonbattery (Infowars) or Russian propaganda (Russia Today), but that problematic is much more rooted in our everyday lives than anyone could have initially imagined. This specific brand of misinformation is called “disinformation” since they are knowingly spreading erroneous information.
Trollpedia highly recommends you Newsguard, PolitiFact and MediaBiasFactCheck to know whether a news outlet is journalistic in nature or propagandistic in nature.
The best sites for information like Wikipedia might screw up once or twice and mainly because it puts the trust of its data on the above partisan sources (Though the most problematic sources are not allowed on the website). So, that is important for you to think critically and learn whether that information is correct and fully accurate or not. No site is ever immune to this phenomenon, so that is important for them to have active contributors from all backgrounds so as to remain neutral and factual.
In conclusion, you need to be careful with the information you find online, which is always important.