As children, our parents always warned us about the dangers of the internet and how it would “rot our brains.” Now, in the age of mass information, those responsible for spreading mass misinformation are of the same generation who was once so adverse to technology. Conspiracy theories and misinformation spread like wildfire on social media, and while they have always been intellectually harmful, they are now causing real, perceivable violence in the physical world. So how do we stop the spread of misinformation? How do we rely on reliable sources?
To begin this essay, you must first identify and explain a current conspiracy OR a piece of misinformation that you consider to be harmful to society. What is the theory/misinformation? How did it start? On what platform(s) did it spread? Why is it harmful? To whom is it targeted towards? What ethos, pathos, or logos are at play? Context? Do your research. You will use a minimum of one source for this paragraph that helps provide a complete understanding of the conspiracy theory. This explanation must be discussed in your body paragraphs; it should not appear in your introduction.
Then, argue whether the social media site where this conspiracy theory/misinformation spread should take measures to prevent more harm from coming to users. How can they monitor this content? Should censorship be involved? Should the government be involved if this is a public safety or health issue? Should the TOS (terms of service) for the website be updated or revised? Or, is it actually an education problem with users and not a social media issue? If so, how can users learn more about digital literacy to avoid being fooled by examples like the one you gave?
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