Maria Ressa is the CEO of Rappler and is a journalist herself. During this interview, she discusses how she wants to fight for freedom for the Philippines where she was born. But has a fear that the social media platform of Facebook might lead its audience to the wrong aspect during the Philippines presidential election. Mostly the American platforms play an important role. She also expresses how especially Facebook can lead its audience to spread lies, anger, and hate.
Herself being a journalist she understands the role of spreading information, finding the truth, and protecting the people’s rights. Ressa does not understand how the role of a journalist can at some times be challenging and she states “It is more dangerous, it requires more sacrifices, just to do what journalists have always done.”
I do believe that every day more and more people get the hang of social media and with this technology that everyone is learning and using the platform of Facebook and I think Instagram also is an important social media regarding appearances which is also a big impact on its audience.
Instagram social media is all about appearances, having a perfect body, skin and etc. I am a user of this platform and all of these filters and women but also including men can get to be so perfect with no worries in their life when behind the phone it is another reality that they don’t show. This can affect their followers as to what that person is representing. such as how Facebook can state/publish misleading information and it has a very big audience that they can control. So I do think that social media is dangerous to anyone.
Social Media can both impact a community, the world, or even itself.
In this case, Maria Ressa a 58-year-old is pending a cyber libel case. In the interview, she expresses how social media companies are a big role when it comes to spreading the news. Ressa was concerned about the misinformation of her country the Philippines during the presidential election and how the algorithm of the American companies will mislead the world with incorrect information.
Yes, she is the CEO of Rappler and now is pending for the 6 years given for the cyber libel. Being a journalist is having the chance to discover the truth, spread the word about misleading information and what is going on in the world that many do not see. I do think that social media no matter where you are it can affect you very quickly and it can be for a good or bad cause. Ressa states how “It is more dangerous, it requires more sacrifices, just to do what journalists have always done.”
And social media simply can mislead people about political information but now in days, Instagram is another platform that many use for posting perfect pictures making their audience think they have no problems and nice skin, perfect body with no stretch marks, and numerous ways women or even men have no flaws when in reality there is another truth.
Social media has both its ups and downs, just depends on how its audience manages it.
I have decided to research a news article showing how the media is doing its job, serving as a social watchdog, and can encourage public discussion on this important topic.
Dylan Voller, a victim of false accusations on the media.
How the media is doing its job: The media can have a good and bad impact on the nation and the media itself. in this article, it demonstrates how this New York Times article shares information on how a media news outlet in Australia ABCTV Program “Four Corners” exposes an image of Dylan Voller who was then detained in a chair wearing a spit hood and their also facebooks post on their page caused various false accusations. The media’s job is to inform the people and update them on information not just about social problems but also about the media themself such as ABCTV.
**More info about the case: Dylan Voller ends ups suing Facebook for the false accusations instead of him confronting the commenters since that facebook probably was not aware of this situation.**
Serving as a social watchdog: Now in days people can post hateful or disrespectful comments and get blocked temporarily, even whoever is in charge of the facebook page you can monitor the hateful comments.
Voller states that he did not ask Facebook to pull down the comments on their page before the lawsuit since they should take responsibility for the comments even though they might have been aware of it. Therefore the media outlets are second thinking about what content they share and limiting the engagement with the readers.
Now facebook included a new feature that allows the page administrator to turn off the comments on the post and can still be sued for comments left under a post. But Australia states that section 230 of the communication Decency Act holds the platform automatic immunity from what people say in third-party comments. Therefore it apparently is not the media’s fault either.
Encouraging public discussion on the topic: This topic can be discussed furthermore and if third parties should take accountability for third-party comments since they are only sharing the media or should they be responsible for the reaction of their audience. Media such as Facebook can be a great influence on a large number of their audience and releasing false information can also affect them.
link to the article: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/09/24/technology/facebook-australia-comments.html?action=click&module=Well&pgtype=Homepage§ion=Technology