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Should bad science be censored on social media?


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How do you solve a problem like bad information?

When it comes to understanding science and making health decisions, it can have life-or-death consequences.

People dissuaded from taking vaccines as a result of reading misleading information online have ended up in hospital or even died.

And inaccurate or completely made-up claims about 5G and the origins of Covid-19 have been linked to violence and vandalism.

But completely removing information can look a lot like censorship, especially for scientists whose careers are based on the understanding that facts can and should be disputed, and that evidence changes.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-60036861

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It is a conundrum for sure.   Where do you draw the line from control and freedom?   How much verifying should Facebook, Reddit or Instagram or any other social media site like that be expected to do.   It isn't like wiki where the information should be vetted and corrected when found to be wrong.  The overhead would be crazy for any site to keep track of and put disclaimers on certain types of posts.   A program could be written to filter by subject for words like "cure", "covid", etc but how far can you take it.    The software that is used by Fidelity Investments to monitor company email and texts on company phones is crazy huge.  And even then it can only flag stuff so that a human has to look at it to verify if it is something that should be flagged.   They have two teams of about 20 people each who do nothing all day but read email and texts and they work 10+ hours of overtime every week.  Zuckerberg is not going to pay for something like that.

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18 minutes ago, Desertrat56 said:

It is a conundrum for sure.   Where do you draw the line from control and freedom?   How much verifying should Facebook, Reddit or Instagram or any other social media site like that be expected to do.   It isn't like wiki where the information should be vetted and corrected when found to be wrong.  The overhead would be crazy for any site to keep track of and put disclaimers on certain types of posts.   A program could be written to filter by subject for words like "cure", "covid", etc but how far can you take it.    The software that is used by Fidelity Investments to monitor company email and texts on company phones is crazy huge.  And even then it can only flag stuff so that a human has to look at it to verify if it is something that should be flagged.   They have two teams of about 20 people each who do nothing all day but read email and texts and they work 10+ hours of overtime every week.  Zuckerberg is not going to pay for something like that.

I think in terms of this Pandemic if the individuals are intentionally posting dangerous information and it can be proven that people have acted upon it and been harmed, those posting it should be prosecuted. This is the only way others may think before they act, because without some form of accountability nothing will change. Please don’t get me wrong I am for free speech, unless it is harmful to others that’s where new laws are needed. Because simply put people who present the bad science must also shoulder responsibility for it if it hurts others. 

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Censorship is ALWAYS WRONG.  The best weapon against ignorance or propaganda is never to stifle it, but to expose it with accurate information in answer to that which is incorrect.  The ONLY exception to this should be actual provable slanders against people OR calls for violence against anyone.  PERIOD, END OF...

There has been so much censorship by the existing platform owners - ALL OF WHO SUPPORT DEMOCRATS - that a growing list of parallel providers is coming into being.  What will happen when one ideology is no longer capable of silencing its opponents?  Will free speech be allowed to return or will the next step be government action to censor ideas?  How much of THAT will you be willing to embrace?

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