4 ) The ethical implications of de-platforming conspiracy theories are very broad. For one, once someone or something gets attention, it becomes more prevalent that something will get more attention. For example, Alex Jones was widely recognized by a platform, then they all ended up catching on and giving him an ultimate ban. This provides closure for the government in ensuring that the American people weren’t being brainwashed from an extremist. I can also see the argument against it, as he has the right to free speech and is able to post whatever he pleases. In my mind, I think that it was a good idea that he was banned on all forms of social media. His name screams “Conspiracy theory” so when people read his tweets, they are more inclined to believe in some crazy theory that Mr. Jones was able to come up and talk about. Factors that come to play are wether or not they’re hurting the American government, hurting an individual, or promoting violence or hate. These are factors that definitely come into play when dealing with conspiracy theorists and the theories they make to the public.
For my blog post #3 I am talking about conspiracy theories, what they are, and why people believe in them. This week we have been working on conspiracy theories and debunking them as we learn more about them. A conspiracy theory is a “belief that some covert but influential organization is responsible for a circumstance or event.” Conspiracy theories were once big, broad subjects on things but now have dispersed themselves into many different types of theories from many different types of people. The internet and social media platforms have been big influencers on conspiracy theories. Anybody can make a statement, or prediction and post it onto the inter web. Pop culture is also a big factor in the progression of conspiracy theories. Movies, Television, and the influence from famous artists and actors make the theories that more believable to the public. In “Why do so many people believe in conspiracy theories”, It is talked about how our sense of randomness is based more on how hard it is to mentally encode something, not how objectively random it is. In one experiment, people who saw patterns in a random series of coin flips were more likely to believe in an irrational experimenter-designed conspiracy theory. This shows that it is very easy for a lot of people to believe conspiracy theories. Although the percentage rate of people who believe in these theories rests about under 6%, this still accounts for millions of people who are easily fooled into believing something that isn’t there. People become so lost in the idea of our government being against us, or a secret society that rules over our government that they forget these are just theories. None of these things have been proven and there isn’t any type of proving evidence in these theories. Therefore, the American people should most likely stick to what we learn in school rather then what we see on the internet.