Pensée #1

Mark Zuckerberg a décidé de ne pas modérer les messages politiques sur Facebook.

 

De son côté le co-fondateur de Twitter Jack Dorsey, a annoncé le 30 octobre 2019 que Twitter n'accepterait plus les "publicités politiques". 

 

Que pensez-vous de ces deux informations ? 

Les pièces du dossier

Faits

Voulant faire une démonstration par l’absurde du système que défend le milliardaire, la candidate démocrate Elizabeth Warren a acheté une publicité sur Facebook où elle affirme (faussement) que Zuckerberg et son site soutiennent officiellement la réélection de Donald Trump...

 

La politique de Facebook en matière de discours politique a été rapidement mise à l'épreuve ce mois-ci lorsque la campagne présidentielle de D. Trump a publié une publicité vidéo de 30 secondes dans laquelle M. Biden (son opposant démocrate) a faussement prétendu avoir commis des actes de corruption en Ukraine. La publicité a été diffusée dans les médias sociaux et sur certains réseaux de radiodiffusion ; CNN et NBCU ont refusé de la diffuser parce qu'elles ont déclaré que la publicité violait leurs normes.

 


Thought #1

In a speech at Georgetown University on Oct. 17, Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s chief executive, said that his company would not moderate politicians’ speech or fact-check their political ads because comments by political leaders, even if false, were newsworthy and in the public’s interest to hear and debate.

 

On the other side, Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey  announced that it would no longer accept political ads.

 

What do you think of this policy?

 

Which do you think is better: Twitter’s policy or Facebook’s? Or neither one? Why?

 

What do you think?

Facts

Facebook’s policy on political speech was quickly put to the test this month when the Trump campaign released a 30-second video ad that falsely claimed Mr. Biden committed corrupt acts in Ukraine. The ad played across social media outlets and on some broadcast networks; CNN and NBCU declined to air it because they said the ad violated their standards.

 

In order to demonstrate the absurdity of the system defended by the billionaire Zuckerberg, Democrat candidate Elizabeth Warren bought an ad on Facebook where she (falsely) claims that Zuckerberg and his site officially support the re-election of Donald Trump...

And what about deep fake?!

Did Molly's Death change Social Media?

After thinking about these issues, has your initial answer to the question changed?

Do you think Facebook should fact-check political speech on its site? Why or why not?

 

How good do you think you are at detecting false information on Facebook, Instagram or other social media sites?

When you come across a political ad or meme, do you check to make sure it’s true? Or do you trust that what you see is accurate?

 

Some have argued that false political content on Facebook could have potentially dangerous effects on our lives and democracy. For example, Russia used the platform to run a disinformation campaign that interfered in the 2016 election. (And it’s still using these tactics in countries around the world today.) Facebook has also been used to incite violence in places like Myanmar where military officials led disinformation campaigns that helped fuel the modern ethnic cleansing of Rohingya people.

 

What consequences could you see Facebook’s policy having in our society today? Given these potential risks, how important do you think it is for Facebook to moderate political speech, if at all?

 

Do you think limiting what politicians can say on Facebook is a violation of free speech? Does Facebook have a responsibility to promote free expression as Mr. Zuckerberg says, despite the potential consequences? Or do you agree with Aaron Sorkin, who argues in this Op-Ed, that Facebook isn’t defending free speech; instead, it’s assaulting truth.

 

Nearly half of all Americans get some of their news from Facebook. In some developing countries, like Myanmar, Facebook essentially is the internet — and, by extension, the only source of information — for millions of people. Given these statistics, to what degree do you think Facebook has a responsibility to be a reliable source of public information, if at all?

 

Do you think Facebook should get to determine what content it does or doesn’t fact-check? Or should the government be responsible for regulating the type of content that is allowed on Facebook and other social media sites?

 



Thought #2

BIAS AUDIT

How do you feel about the following topics?

Rate them + / -  / neutral:

  • Football
  • School
  • Teachers
  • Studies
  • Vocational High School
  • Administrators, civil servants
  • Church
  • I Phone
  • Politicians
  • Athletes
  • rap music
  • Maths
  • Literature
  • Fine art
  • Burgers
  • Snapchat
  • Instagram
  • "Plus Belle La Vie"
  • "Riverdale"
  • The rich
  • The Yellow Vests
  • Donald Trump
  • .....

 

A bias is a lack of objectivity, or an inclination to favor one thing or a person over another.