Last year, the incredibly depressing by many counts 2016, we’ve got plenty of reasons to bark at the wrong tree. And more specifically, to claim that social media is the main reason for Brexit, the election of Trump and the hybrid war stemming from the Kremlin.
But were these reasons justified? Is Facebook, Twitter or Google guilty of spreading post-truths, false information or outright lies?
They certainly helped, but they are not the ones to blame. At least not the level we have been observing lately.
People believe in what they want to believe. And in many cases, reason plays the smallest part in someone’s thinking process. The social networks sites have just provided a great platform to amplify the message. Any type of messages, that is.