Spread of Misinformation Online and Hatred in Israel-Gaza War

Are you worried about online hate speech?

  • 94.7k
    LeslieG
    10/17/2023

    Ever since Mush removed account verification, and allowed anyone who paid to be whoever or whatever they claim, X (formerly Twitter) has become a cesspool that I avoid. 

    Waste of time as it's misinformation central thanks to Musk!

    "Elon Musk‘s purge of blue check-marks from Twitteraccounts verified under the company’s previous regime has begun."

    "Now a blue check-mark badge on Twitter primarily signifies that it’s an account belonging to someone who is paying Musk — one of the world’s wealthiest individuals — for the perk. The move to trash Twitter’s former verification system, which had been in place since 2009, could generate new confusion among users and erode trust in the platform. When the Musk-owned company relaunched Twitter Blue, which starts at $8 per month, it yielded a spate of authentic-looking imposters with blue check-marks (including someone parodying Musk’s Tesla) before the company installed additional safeguards."

    "Prior to Musk’s change allowing anyone to get a blue check-mark, Twitter had more than 420,000 verified accounts. The goal of Twitter’s original verification program was to help people know that a high-profile user was, in fact, who they said they were to avoid confusion with imposters."

    "Fewer than 5 per cent of legacy verified accounts appear to have paid to join Twitter Blue as of Thursday, according to an analysis by Travis Brown, a Berlin-based developer of software for tracking social media."

    "The EU's digital rights chief Thierry Breton gave X, formerly Twitter, 24 hours to outline how the platform would meet the bloc's new digital rules....Elon Musk's X removes thousands of Israel-Hamas misinformation accounts and posts amid EU demand"

    https://www.euronews.com/next/2023/04/21/twitter-begins-removing-blue-checks-from-users-who-dont-pay

    https://www.euronews.com/next/2023/10/12/elon-musks-x-removes-thousands-of-israel-hamas-misinformation-accounts-and-posts-amid-eu-d

    https://variety.com/2023/digital/news/twitter-removes-legacy-blue-check-marks-celebrities-1235589174/amp/

  • 48.6k
    Brian
    Voted Angry
    10/17/2023

    I have been worried about online hate speech for years, and I have been on this platform talking about online hate speech, especially antisemitic and anti-LGBTQ, for years...and yet I'm not sure much has changed.

    "X" has gotten worse and removed nearly all guard rails.

    Fox "News" and other right-wing media lie daily and stir up fear of minorities without consequences.

    Politicians can post whatever lies or hate they want on social media and still get re-elected.

    Congress refuses to act to set minimum standards or a regulator.

    Small sites like Causes do nothing and let whatever fester on here.

     

    I wish this war and actions like the murder of a 6-year old boy would make people stop and realize how bad disinformation and hate speech online have gotten, but I have little faith in that. 

    I think too many "humans" really don't care about anybody other than themselves.

  • 442
    Larry
    Voted Apathetic
    10/17/2023

    Let's be clear: "From the river to the sea" calls for genocide against the Jews. The foreigners chanting this slogan on campuses should be immediately deported.

  • 865
    J
    Voted Sad
    10/18/2023

    It's amazing how the first aggression in battle gives the edge to the aggressor.  The same goes for the liar.  Truth takes forever to catch up.

  • 1,810
    Shari
    Voted Angry
    10/18/2023

    Of course I am worried about hate speech online especially from the nazi app X. The symbol is just an unfinished swastca.

  • 65
    Kevin
    Voted Sad
    12/26/2023

    Hold the CEOs responsible by issuing penalties of 10% of their income (more or less) by also encouraging the CEOs to better tackle misinformation online. 

    According to Forbes, Mark Zuckerberg ranks #16 as one of the world's richest billionaires with a net worth of $64.4 billion from Facebook alone. 

    Source: https://www.forbes.com/billionaires/

    Facebook and other social media apps incorporated within Meta has made repeated offenses by neglecting misinformation from other people but Mark Zuckerberg should still be held reliable for not innovating new solutions to wholly disallow misinformation from spreading to impressionable kids, teens, and adults. 

     According to Statista, In 2022, the revenue general by Meta Platforms (formerly known as Facebook Inc.) amounted to roughly 116.6 billion US dollars, down from around 117.9 billion U.S. dollars in the previous fiscal year. This is the first time that revenue declined for the social media company.

    If Meta payed a penalty of a figurative 10% for each violation regarding misinformative articles that currently plague social media, an example from last year would result in 10% of $116.6 billion which would equal to a fairly-grossing $11.66 billion! 

    I believe that there are alternatives to heavily taxing the rich without plunging our economy and I believe that this is one of the most disciplined ways to do it. 

     

     

  • 201
    Robert
    Voted Apathetic
    10/18/2023

    It's great to see so many people that don't understand Feedom of Speech. I might not agree with what you say but that doesn't make it hate speech. Just because it hurts your feelings doesn't make it hate speech either.

  • 806
    Billy
    Voted Apathetic
    03/23/2024

    I am worried about the hateful speech online. If we kick off 95% of those left leaning and 70% of those right leaning, then I am sure they will find other avenues to vocalize their hateful and divisive rhetoric. 

  • 136
    William
    Voted Angry
    10/24/2023

    I support Israel 100%

  • 3,705
    Kevin
    Voted Angry
    10/19/2023

    As a kid I was taught that the limit of free speech is when it starts hurting others. "My freedom stops at the end of his nose." RepublicaNazi hate speech and billionaire-owned fake news spread by Nazi billionaires and their corporations must be stopped and punished by stripping away all wealth and property from entire industries, individuals, and dynasties.

  • 2,604
    530 East Hunt Highway
    Voted Sad
    10/19/2023

    Disappointed the MSM continues to these misinformation characters line space and air time! They don't need any seconds of fame!

  • 1,879
    Dawn
    Voted Angry
    10/18/2023

    Yes, because ever since the Orangutan Oligarch was in office, hate has become louder, crueler, deadlier...and this is just the next level up!

  • 3,938
    John
    Voted Angry
    10/18/2023

    I think something has happened to Elon Musk I think he has lost his mind. He has become more of a detriment than an asset. Funny how when people seem to gather all the money in the world they lose contact with reality and all they think about is getting even more money than all the money in the world. Elon musk and his x bullshit need to be X out!

  • 1,337
    Dan
    Voted Angry
    10/18/2023

    Very worried about online hate speech. There needs to be moderation.

  • 1,843
    George
    Voted Angry
    10/18/2023

    Hate speech on social media is causing alot of deadly hate crimes we need to tackle that hate speech is not freedom of speech

  • 3,354
    Steph
    Voted Angry
    10/18/2023

    Only a moron, a complete idiot or one of the bigoted, racist, fascit leaning rabid , frothing at the mouth MAGAS would not be worried about online hate speech.  

     

    NONE of it should be allowed, just like no misinformation or outright lies should be allowed.    Of course, if we went the latter route, most politicians would be in trouble as well-especially in the party of Nazis now known as the GOP

  • 1,401
    John
    Voted Angry
    10/18/2023

    There are always actors who want to create confusion and chaos in light of violent events across the world.  These folks are striving to destablize the world and cause chaos.

    This is not free speech.  Elon Musk has to wear some of the blame for this, since Twitter (X) has allowed this misinformation to grow on his platform. 

  • 854
    Larry
    Voted Apathetic
    10/18/2023

    If we truly want to keep our society free, we have to tolerate ALL opinions. 

  • 1,541
    Richard
    Voted Angry
    10/18/2023

    Communicating any hate speech by any means is damamging and a threat.  Making it easily availbale to harboring barbaric attitudes, thoughts and vicious racists ideas to the ill informed is a damage ot our society and democracy. Hitler rose to fame via hate speeches and we see it being repeated today.  X, Twitter or whatever the current term is, along with other social platforms that permit this preliminary act of violence, should be constrained from promulgating the hate and also held accountable for the resulting crimes and violence.  Freedom of speech should have limits and this hatred exceeds any common sense.