Wednesday, March 06, 2019

The false narrative about “fake news”

As reported by the Washington Post:
Teen who defied anti-vax mom says she got false information from one source: Facebook

This is a false premise. Fake news DOES NOT influence people. It helps them preach to a choir or reinforce beliefs. If she was or is “antivax” - she already had proclivity to do so.


Besides, the math doesn’t add up. If this kid saying this is 18 and Facebook has only been around since 2006, with the majority of users coming aboard from 2008-2010, her mother certainly didn’t get this opinion from Facebook or social media. 


While I do believe you can be misled with a compelling argument, it’s rare that anyone who agrees with a premise has changed their mind on a topic BECAUSE of someone else’s assertion.


Stop promoting the false narrative that fake news changes opinion.