Video from Amanpour & Co.
"Conspiracy theories and misinformation about coronavirus and the recent election are spreading like wildfire online. These are the sort of phenomena Renée DiResta has been studying for years. She is a disinformation expert and technical research manager at the Stanford Internet Observatory, and she speaks with Hari Sreenivasan about what can happen when false narratives go viral, and what can be done to break the cycle." - Amanpour & Co.
Do you believe anything anyone tells you?
If you like someone do you take what they say as truth?
Right now in America we have a crisis of trust. No one trusts anyone. Now the logical end to that is I cannot trust anything you tell me even though you feel it is true.
It has been said that common sense is not common. That is true. The first thing any of us should do when someone, especially someone we do not know on TV or social media makes acclaim is us our common sense. If it sounds farfetched or absurd then we should not buy into it without fact checking.
Malign narratives have existed for a long time, today’s influence operations are different in that the propaganda is shared by friends on popular social platforms.
How gull-able are you?
Are you contributing to mistrust and gossip by taking at face value what someone you don’t know has said?
A politician cannot fix your mistrust problem. You must choose to use common sense and take facts for what they are.
Just because someone states something is true does not make it so.