Trump’s Administration Is Changing How We Use Social Media

"A lie can travel halfway around the world while the truth is putting on its pants."
Social Media, Social Issues, Trump Administration

Food for thought: Fake news can have ‘real world consequences.’

We’re all guilty. I am among those who’ve posted information that is not true because we did not do our due diligence and fact check the information before we posted it.

I agree, our Facebook pages were not meant to be news sources, but because of the current administration and the way we use social media, the stories we post become a critical way to inform others of what’s going on. Whether it’s fact or fiction what we post is perceived as real.

Whether you agree or not, that’s not the point; the point is we have to be held accountable for our posts now because Trump is playing a dangerous game.

When we post “alternative facts” (fake news), we are hurting ourselves because it spreads like wild-fire. I hate that it’s come to this, but we have to start playing this social media game better than we’ve had to before. I hate it, but I have come to understand that we all have choices, power, and people who trust what we post. It’s up to you to serve your Facebook friends wisely.

The best thing to do is Google before posting, find out if other media sources are posting the same information (news), media sources you trust yourself!  Nicolas Oliver, a political die-hard, helped us create this list of reliable sources:

1. ProPublica — Founded ten years ago by a former managing editor of The Wall Street Journal, ProPublica is a nonprofit investigative news site based in New York City. In 2010 ProPublica was the first online publication to win a Pulitzer Prize and has earned two more since, as well as an extensive list of other prestigious awards.

2. The Center for Public Integrity (CPI) — An early player in the non-profit investigative space, CPI has been around for close to 30 years. Its reporters have won dozens of journalism awards, including a Pulitzer in 2014, for its investigations of money in politics, national security, health care reform, business and the environment.

3. The Center For Investigative Reporting (CIR) — Founded 40 years ago in the San Francisco Bay Area, CIR is a nonprofit that has partnered for years with other outlets to reach a broad audience in print, on television, on radio and online. It collaborates with PRX Radio to produce Reveal, the investigative radio program, and podcast. The Reveal website is now home to all of CIRs investigative content.

4. Frontline — Launched more than 30 years ago, Frontline is television’s most consistent and respected investigative documentary program. Its documentaries are broadcast on PBS and are available online, along with original reporting.

5. Mother Jones — Mother Jones, founded in 1976, is a reader-supported, nonprofit news organization headquartered in San Francisco with bureaus in Washington, DC and New York City. The site includes investigative reporting as well as general reporting on topics including politics, climate change, and education.

6. The Intercept — The Intercept is a news organization launched in 2014 by legal and political journalist Glenn Greenwald, investigative journalist Jeremy Scahill and documentary filmmaker Laura Poitras.

7. Real Clear Investigations — Real Clear Investigations, which launched last fall, is the new nonprofit, investigative arm of Real Clear Politics. It is mostly an aggregator of investigative reporting but has also begun conducting original investigations.

8. The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) — ICIJ is a nonprofit offshoot of the Center for Public Integrity that started 20 years ago. It is a global network of more than 190 investigative journalists in more than 65 countries who work together to investigate cross-border issues including crime, corruption, and abuse of power.

9. Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE) — IRE is a grass-roots, nonprofit, membership organization that has been providing tips, training and conferences for investigative journalists since 1975. Its blog, Extra! Extra! showcases a wide variety of watchdog journalism.

10. BuzzFeed — Whatever you think about its decision to release the Trump dossier earlier this week (journalists are divided in their opinions), BuzzFeed has a growing investigative team and body of work worth attention, but it’s not always easy to find on the site. If you want to know what the team is up to you can follow its editor, Mark Schoofs, @Schoofsfeed on Twitter.

Sure, there will be times when something will fall through the cracks but let’s start thinking before we post and especially when it has to do with Trump. “Fake news stories were prominent throughout the presidential election season, and there’s growing concern that many people cannot tell lies from facts or people don’t care about the difference.”

A prime example of FAKE News (Donald Trump announced that he would ban “gay activity” from appearing on television shows): CLICK HERE

h/t: Bill Moyers  (New Series: Deep Dig — Best Investigative Journalism)

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LA born and raised, and now living in London; Avery loves to write, dance and make money. "I am young, free to be me, and the prince of kink."

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