• Essays,  Posiel

    Social Media Cannot Be Democratic While Fake News Exists

                In today’s highly politicized climate, social media websites are full of information regarding political candidates and issues, some of which is false. The epidemic of fake news, particularly as it surfaces on social media, creates a larger problem in political discourse on these websites. Social media websites are supposed to be democratic places where all voices matter and where people can debate issues and create social or political change, but fake news and echo chambers present a danger to this discourse. Social media users can alter their stances due to fake news, linger in echo chambers that reinforce their opinions, or be too stuck…