Posted 274 days ago
I appreciate Yaffa's investigation here, that maybe we shouldn't focus so much on foreign interference. Obviously it's an important thing, as countries around the world seek their own interests (including the US), but going into the November elections this is going to be a hot topic on both sides.
He says that "a democratic authoritarian figure can inflict far greater damage on a democratic system than a remote perpetrator can." He backs this up with data released by the National Bureau of Economic Research that shows misinformation around COVID-19 caused a serious change in infections and deaths.
Referring to the example of Finland teaching media classes to it's children, and contrasting that with America's drop in civic mindedness, this is a good step forwards. But it is certainly not the solution.
We believe in this unwavering idea of freedom of speech, and rightly so, but there must be institutional steps made not only to teach people what is right and wrong and how to identify it, but also to ensure that organizations that profit off of misinformation, are legally bound to identify and show it to their users as such, especially when things go viral. if they don't abide by this, they should be fined severely, in which that money will go into public programs to teach civics and media in the modern age.