Wow, 2020. It's not over yet and if you read my previous post, well, things have gotten worse. And yeah, it was COVID related. When we look back at this year, will we be talking about the pandemic, Trump and the election, or something you read on social media - maybe it's a conspiracy theory or two or a group of like minded people reinforcing certain ideas and notions, bouncing back and forth in a social chamber?
The roles played by social media without a doubt will be studied for years to come. The focus will likely be the deleterious effort it had on open societies such as ours. And the question will be if this was a temporary effort and for a period of time or will others takes things further.
Here are some questions that needs to be answered:
- Does the effects of social media go away as a new generation of users go online who are also more savvy about its uses?
- Will the toxicity level drop after Trump leaves office?
- With Trump almost certain to position himself as the presumptive nominee for the Republican Party, he is planning a shadow government on Twitter?
- Does Facebook and Twitter have what it takes to clamp down on conspiracy theories?
- How will the Biden presidency use social media?