Topic: Fake News
Essential Question: Does Facebook allowing/not allowing fake news violate people’s’ limits to the First Amendment?
Facebook is working hard to drive out fake news that is posted on there, where many try to argue that that is against the Constitution and their right, taking their rights of freedom and expression away. To what extent is Facebook not allowing fake news violating rights of the First Amendment? Does Facebook allowing/not allowing fake news violate people’s’ limits to the First Amendment? By clicking “agree” to the terms and conditions on Facebook you are agreeing to give up some of your rights and privacy, but when/where should they draw the line? One specific event is found in a 2017 court case from Anas Modamani against Facebook Mr. Modamani fled Syria and was living in a Berlin shelter when he took pictures with Ms. Merkel who later visited. He posted pictures of them together on Facebook which later were used in a fake news article somewhere else on Facebook. People put a dark twist on his pictures/story and were used negatively towards him. (http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-38892387). Facebook was in a tough position because technically the people are allowed to post/say whatever. The biggest issue with fake news is that it ruins reputations, making it hard for people to come back from that once the world thinking of them as some terrible person. The thing people like about Facebook is they can express themselves and write about whatever they want (unless they write fake news). According to some people the US revolves around fake news and believes most of what they’re told.
The concept of Facebook allowing people to post whatever they want has been a very controversial topic since Facebook was created. To what extent should people be able to go to writing fake news about people that make them look bad? In 2016 Mark Zuckerberg, the founder and creator of Facebook, wrote a post addressing the problem of fake news on Facebook.
“Our goal is to give every person a voice”, he states. “Sometimes when people use their voice though, they say things that seem wrong and they support people you disagree with.” (https://www.facebook.com/zuck/posts/10103253901916271).
Facebook has since launched work enabling people to flag hoaxes and fake news so they can do the best they can to eliminate fake news. Facebook founder is working on this issue and will continue to do the best he can to eliminate fake news, even though that is almost inevitable to get rid of it all. The best part about Facebook to some people is that they have the freedom to post whatever they want, whether it’s a long rant about a bad day at work or another person, but some take it to another level, writing the false news about others, which crosses a line and is where Facebook’s freedom is a con to others.
Tags: Fake News, Facebook, Slander, Controversial
“Facebook in court over refugee selfie fake news stories”. BBC. N. p., 2017. Web. 7 Feb. 2017. http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-38892387.
Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook. “I want to share some thoughts on Facebook and the election.” Facebook. N. p., 2016. Web. 12. November. 2017. https://www.facebook.com/zuck/posts/10103253901916271.
“Facebook Says Social Media Can Be Negative For Democracy”. NPR.org. N. p., 2018. Web. 22. January. 2018. https://www.npr.org/tags/502124007/fake-news.