pbeardmore wrote:Tommy, fair points but where does individual responsibility fit in? The printing press? The Royal Mail? newspapers? The telephone? the mobile phone etc etc These are all devices that made the sharing of information easier. The bottom line is, they are all merely conduits for sharing information and it is humans who are responsible for the quality of that information and the thought (or lack of it) re processing and sifting.
In "the Wild West" snake oil salesman handed out leaflets promoting the medical qualities of their oils. Do you blame the owner of the printing press for not fact checking the leaflet? of the fraudulant salesman himself?
If "grown ups" choose to distribute garbage and other "grown ups" choose to receive this as truth and re-share it as such, whose responsibility is that? IMHO , it's not the method of distribution: it is those who distribute and we should not shy away from expecting people to act in a certain way. Blaming the owner of the distribution network does not deal with the root cause. And that is a far harder issue to deal with.
PS still waiting for the concrete evidence to appear...anyone? .....anyone?..........
These are very fair points, but your last sentence is the key - you can’t deal with every Tom, Dick and Harry nutcase, and they also need to take responsibility, I’m not arguing that this stuff is exclusively the fault of Facebook, but Facebook is the tool, nay, weapon of choice for them. Taking your metaphorical snake oil salesman, or maybe to exaggerate to make the point, yeah I’d expect a printing press not to print, say, a KKK pamphlet or something.
Or, idk, take America (and risking opening another can of worms - happy to debate this separate issue if anyone disagrees but maybe in a separate thread) - do you jail school shooters and hold them responsible? Of course. Does any sane sensible non-idiot also campaign for stricter gun control because these idiots are so easily able to obtain an AR15 at Walmart? Also yes. The two aren’t mutually exclusive.
It’s obviously a sliding scale, and there is individual responsibility, but that requires a massive cultural shift that we’re not at yet, and so for the meantime, I hold Facebook mostly responsible for the raft of absolute bolycs conspiracy theories and misinformation.
Zuckerberg himself acknowledged that the site has a huge problem with fake news, before Trump owned the term, and he’s done the sum total of dick all about it, despite raking in the dollars.