Why every social media site is a dumpster fire
Why every social media site is a dumpster fire

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Social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube exploit our tribalism to keep us watching ads. That makes them a perfect target for trolls, conspiracy theorists, and con artists. Subscribe to our channel! http://goo.gl/0bsAjO Social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram are built to cater to the base preferences and desires of their users -- figuring out what information people enjoy with and then showing them more of it. That’s a great way to keep people online, but it also makes these platforms prime target for con artists. People are naturally drawn to inflammatory and sensational news stories, regardless of whether or not they're true. So bad actors -- conspiracy theorists, trolls, and fake news writers -- have been tremendously successful in using these platforms to spread false and divisive content that exploit people’s tribal instincts. In 2016, it was Macedonian teens making thousands of dollars publishing inflammatory fake stories about Hillary Clinton. After the Parkland shooting, it was random YouTubers going viral by accusing students of being crisis actors. Even the Russian trolls who meddled in the presidential election did so by posting low-quality, highly emotional content to social media -- content they knew would go viral. The problem with these social media sites isn’t that a few bad apples are ruining the fun. It’s that they’re designed to reward bad apples. And as long as con artists can use these platforms to prey on people’s most base desires, social media sites will continue reflecting the worst of human nature back at us. Read more of Jay Van Bevel’s work here: https://www.nyu.edu/about/news-publications/news/2018/june/jay-van-bavel-on-fake-news.html On Strikethrough, Vox producer Carlos Maza explores the challenges facing the news media in the age of Trump. Follow Carlos on Facebook for more: https://www.facebook.com/CarlosMazaVox Vox.com is a news website that helps you cut through the noise and understand what's really driving the events in the headlines. Check out http://www.vox.com. Watch our full video catalog: http://goo.gl/IZONyE Follow Vox on Facebook: http://goo.gl/U2g06o Or Twitter: http://goo.gl/XFrZ5H

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I would have been your daddy : Only vine can save us now

Joey Sunseri : This is all a big plan to get people to use LinkedIn

pokepress : I wish social media had a “I don’t necessarily agree 100% with this, but it made me think” button.

Lunatic Lunala : 2009: kids, don't believe everything you read online 2019:mom, don't believe everything you read online

Muuro : This is MySpace's time to shine and return to prominence.

Lowgain : That why you should use social media for its TRUE intended purpose. Sharing memes.

Politics : Social media is cancer now. Let's just admit it, folks. The honeymoon is over. The masses have adopted social media and turned it into a shitshow where fake news is everywhere. Everyone is shouting and no one can be heard. Once the masses of society adopt something, you know it's time to go.

citronm1 : This is an excellent video.

Yeetus that fetus : Oh god, I thought I'd never have to use this. *opens myspace*

Napoleon I Bonaparte : The only place that isn’t a dumpster fire is *PornHub*

KYYC edits : I like how he uses examples of red and blue and his shirt is both red and blue

Andrew Hearst : How can the host make super cringey things not very cringey

MrManiak : *Omg I can't believe VOX is anti-altright, so biased*

RaKuu : Just take anything you read with a pinch of salt. No single media outlet is exempt from bias.

Senlove7k : IF YOU HATE VOX, STILL WATCH THIS VIDEO. It's still kinda biased but it covers a very interesting concept that everyone should consider regardless of political affiliation.

Victoria Pires : Thr best way to inform yourself is to read suff outside the news cycle. Read about economic history science etc. You can detect a lot of bullshit (from both sides) that way.

Breyonna Morgan : They took Tumblr too.

King Naga : Social Media hasn't increased the spread of racism, it's merely allowed what's left to coordinate better and be louder. They are still a dying breed all the same.

The LAN Cave : This is also why Facebook never gave us a dislike button, even though we all said we wanted it.

B B : It’s impossible to have civil discussions on social media. As soon as you post a civilized comment that someone don’t like, you’re immediately attacked with personal insults. It’s disgusting.

Melvin Coutrier : I blame reality tv for reshaping our generations minds to shift more towards drama than intelligent, and dignified debates.

Hardcore Panda : its all about making money from gullible fans. like alex jones fan buying his hormone powders.

Nidhi Bhargava : These platforms are exposing all sorts of facts about human race. This side too is a part of it, whether we like it or not. In offline cultures, we act in accordance, however a lot of conflict and so called 'oddness' emerges out of a lack of coherence between who we are and how we act. We can use the insights from the above video to learn more about ourselves if we can keep the judgements aside on both, the platform and the audience.

WeißTeufel : Did I just see Alex Jones wearing a foil-helmet at 6:45!? That explains a lot...

It's Me : People should use Facebook and other platforms just for stay in contact with friends/family.

CRMcGee2 : The digital version of Lord of the Flies. Emotionally immature people running a muck with no check on their id.

Mikhail Shuganov : Brilliant job, high quality content. Thank you, Vox.

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Over Itseriously : Back to MySpace it is! ! Just kidding, I forgot my password.

TheAimlessHuman : Phew, at least I have Pinterest... _Looks on Pinterest_ *MOTHER F--*

Nadia Janssen : Sooo...... Are there any alternatives????

GamingWithCarl YT : I don’t mind ok.

Christopher R McCallum : Liked this video. So what you are saying is that, people watching social network sites, like this one (youtube), will choose controversial, "hate" filled, information videos. That they will in turn, pass on these extremist views to others. Finally, they will avoid looking for a variety of balanced, moderate, information that gives views contrary to their own. What percentage of youtube viewers behaving this way?

Tao Dai : “Everything popular is wrong.” ― Oscar Wilde

Wenceslao Futanaki : troll = someone you don´t agree with.

Leezure Lee : You tube with individual creators is far far far far better than all non-sense Facebook like apps.

maskedavenger777 : Anti-vaxxers deserve forums the same as anybody else.

Hossori Sakura : i think it’s really important to acknowledge that Carlos is the crown prince of Vox.

tudorjason : Don't remember seeing fake news on Bolt.com. Ah, the good old innocent days!

Shanell Violets LeCarr : so This social media is like John the baptist or was it Paul who strayed during the teachings of Jesus?... conect this to the bible for me? maybe Id care? - valley girl accent

Bryan H : Liked, twise. O wait! I can't do that. Sigh..😭

ralof patel : This is why I am proud of subscribing to Vox. High quality content which can help us be better.

i have too many email accounts : VOX is keeping me YouTube

Jerry Li : "Tribal nature?" I'm basically at the left edge of American politics and I keep getting Ben Shapiro recommendations on YouTube. Please tell YouTube to be a little more tribal for me.

Omaris Noel : This is so important, thank you for making a video about this.

greenjoe420 : Facebook still haven't changed

Danika Fernandez : I guess the tactic of using strong, opinionated statements worked on me. I saw 'dumpster fire' and quickly clicked on the video. Oh well. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Jesse Watkins : Thank you for making this. I learned a lot.

Jay Koh : I really wanna know the song of this video that goes on to about 1:30 along the first duration Can you please let me know?