Blog Post 11/30

Reading the New Yorker article was somewhat concerning. It’s crazy to think about how no one is safe from hackers, not even governmental figures or celebrities, and how anyone’s information can be stolen at any time. It makes me more cautious about what I choose to post on social media. Additionally,  the spread of the false news stories has the potential to cause drama within the country (or the world). I think the untrue story about Antifa has stayed with some figures today, as I have seen numerous tweets and posts about the dangers of the movement, perhaps based on this one fabrication, showing how people can believe almost anything on the Internet.

I believe that it is very important for our country to be able to trust the sources that we get our news from. I think that social media does a good job at that with the verified blue checkmarks to distinguish between fake accounts and the actual people. In terms of social media, I think that hacking will always be in our lives as long as we use the internet because it has become so easy, and people can make many accounts so it is hard to dissuade people from getting off of social media. I think that a good way to deal with this on social media is to have strong social media teams, especially surrounding key people in our country, to quickly make a post saying that the hack was not an actual post made by that person. Being able to do this quickly will prevent the panic that has come from hacked posts in the past. I do not think that we will ever be able to eliminate this from the internet, so quickly posting a retraction would be the best solution to dealing with it.