Monday, 16 May 2016

Judgement for All

Anyone can write a post on the internet and claim anything about someone or something. They can distort, exclude, exaggerate, insult, defame and such without any consequence or accessible rebuttal to the reader viewing that page.

For example - I could make a claim about someone or something today, here on this post and a reader could come along and see it, concluding that what I’ve said is absolutely true.

This is a problem with the internet.

Fact checking has gone out the window. I saw it on a blog post or a 5 minute you tube video or I read an article by a random self-proclaimed writer…and that’s all I need. The truth isn’t really important, just the tidbits of information for one to devour quickly, simply and easily.

The fast food news feed is all one needs.

The assumption is why would they lie? Why would it be untrue? Surely someone has fact checked the information, hence it’s “published” on this webpage or that website. If this was the case, really the case…then places claiming UFOs are real, reptilians walk among us or there is a pyramid on the moon might just be true!

Seriously though, many people have been defamed and misrepresented on the internet and despite asking for recall, it still exists, And thus it proclaims to the world – it must be true cause you can “google it”.

In Europe you have the ability to make places like Google alter the search data giving you more control over your privacy should misinformation or disinformation become part of the internet.

Unfortunately, the rest of the world has not caught up with this revolutionary idea.

So just remember folks, the internet can be full of misinformation…after all, the data on the world wide web was created by humans - those mischievous creatures!

Fondest Regards,
David "cleaning up the net" Innes
from the beautiful city of Perth, Western Australia

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