Power through social media.

Powerful people have a way of controlling their reputationn through social media; because almost everyone on the planet uses mass media in this day and age, it's not that big of a mystery why the public believe everything that the government want them to hear. For example, the Cambridge Analytica Scandal in early 2018; where the government harvested millions of peoples data, only from Facebook.

How do we know we are safe? How do we know what's true and what isn't?

source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Facebook–Cambridge_Analytica_data_scandal

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  • Arnhem-Wharf-logo-250x250.jpg lively_thought | Arnhem Wharf Primary School
    07 Jan 2020

    How did the government get people's data through Facebook?

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  • Arnhem-Wharf-logo-250x250.jpg stellar_lion | Arnhem Wharf Primary School
    07 Jan 2020

    I don't think everyone believes what the government tells them, because the government have said several times before that brexit will happen, and it has been delayed every time which has probably made people slightly unsure about if the government are telling the truth all of the time.

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  • Hammond School logo genuine_cat | Hammond Junior School A
    07 Jan 2020

    The idea of social media was good and all, but the ghastly thing was that the social platform would be based around taking your data. Now don’t get me wrong, personalizing a user’s experience is completely fine and most people like it, but in that way- just no. These social media companies say that they are totally secure and come with new and improved security, but do they? The simple answer is they steal your data, so obviously they are not handling your data correctly.

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  • Lyons Hall Primary School affable_antelope | Lyons Hall Primary School D
    09 Jan 2020

    plus if you have a camera on a iPad or laptop bad people can see you
    so put tape over it🐱‍💻hackers

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  • Hammond School logo versatile_molecule | Hammond Junior School B
    23 Jan 2020

    Social media is very powerful, I think this because:
    Firstly, social media is filled with lots of fake news, this means that lots of people might believe that news and therefore their viewpoint and perspective might change. For example: a person might be scrolling through Facebook but then come across some text that says Liberal Democrats want to speed up climate change and think education is a waste of time, the person reading that text might believe it and switch to Labour.
    Secondly, there are many famous people on social media, this means that the hundreds of followers of that person might change their viewpoint because they want to have the same viewpoint as their favourite celebrity. For example: the celebrity, on social media, might say that Liberal Democrats are the best party, he/her information might be completely correct but the followers of that person might change their viewpoint so they have the same viewpoint as their hero.
    Finally, anybody could just highlight the bad aspects of everything. For example: someone on social media might say how Jeremy Corbin stumbled over childcare figures, when some people hear this, they might switch to a different party.

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    1. Olivia-Avatar.jpg Olivia @ Topical Talk
      versatile_molecule's comment 23 Jan 2020

      Lots of good reasons backed up by examples. Well done. There is often lots of negativity about how social media can influence people. Do you think its power does more harm or good?

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  • Lyons Hall Primary School intrepid_hurricane | Lyons Hall Primary School B
    23 Jan 2020

    Social media is an international platform where information is shared through different mediums on the Internet.

    The media part has to do with the information that is exchanged between the people creating the material or content and the people who review abd receive the content. The social part has to do with the fact that the platform is not formal, by that I mean it isn't the traditional way information is is acquired.
    These forms of mainstream media are television, radio and newspapers. However, social media is on the Internet, meaning you can't access these forms of mainstream media in the same way.

    The power that social media can give you is the power to say what you want, when you want. It also gives you the power to have followers, people who will listen to you whatever you say; eg. if you post fake news, your followers will agree and share it on other platforms, and share it with their own followers and they will spread the word and so on.

    And so, the power of social media gives you the power to say good or say bad.

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    1. tom Tom @ Topical Talk
      intrepid_hurricane's comment 24 Jan 2020

      Thoroughly explained, intrepid_hurricane! Is this power a good thing, or a bad thing, or a mix of both and why?

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