The U.S. government recently asked social media companies to crack down on misinformation about the Affordable Care Act.
But that may be a bad idea for a variety of reasons, including the fact that social media sites can sometimes serve as a propaganda weapon, experts say.
Here’s what you need to know about social media’s role in disseminating misinformation.
Social media companies have an important role in propagating misinformation about health care, according to a new report by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).
While the government may want to censor or shut down some of the more extreme forms of misinformation, the government shouldn’t be able to do that without a lot of legal and technical support, experts told The Verge.
The ACLU report lays out three specific areas where social media can serve as propaganda tools: the dissemination of misleading content about the ACA, misinformation about medical care and health care policy, and the dissemination and dissemination of conspiracy theories about the healthcare law.
“If we want to prevent people from spreading harmful information about health and health policy, we have to do more than just ban it,” Sarah Anderson, an ACLU attorney and senior staff attorney at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, told The Huffington Post.
“If we can block it from our servers, we can make sure that it’s not disseminated on other sites.
And we can prevent it from being spread.”
To do that, the ACLU’s report suggests that social platforms need to make it easy for people to report misleading content on their sites, and that they need to create a mechanism for people who report false information to opt-out of the platform.
The ACLU’s proposal also requires that social networks like Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Reddit, and other platforms have tools that let users report false content.
While social media platforms could have a role in curbing misinformation, it would be a good idea for the government to step in first.
In fact, social media is one of the most powerful tools the government can use to make sure the public gets the most accurate information, according the report.
“It’s not just the fact the government is trying to censor people who disagree with it, but that they’re also trying to block it,” said Sarah Anderson.
“There’s a real risk of the system being corrupted and becoming a tool for the state.”
In addition to being able to report false misinformation, social networks can also be used to promote misinformation.
“Social media platforms can be a way for a government agency to influence the conversation on a specific topic or message,” said Anderson.
That could include influencing the social media content of a news outlet or the type of content that people post to social media.
“We’re very worried about the potential for misinformation being disseminated by social media and how that can be used as propaganda,” said Jessica Meyerson, a researcher at the Institute for Policy Studies who has been following the use of social media for political purposes.
Meyerson pointed to a study that showed a Facebook post promoting the “I’m a Woman for Trump” hashtag was shared nearly a quarter million times before being deleted by users, and another that showed that Facebook posts that were tagged “white genocide” received nearly twice as many shares as posts that did not contain the hashtag.
“The public should not have to fear that their own personal information will be used for political propaganda,” Meyson said.
“The idea that there are a lot more tools for political communication than we currently know is pretty worrisome,” said Meysson.
“People don’t need to be afraid to talk about how the ACA is killing people.
They need to talk openly about how this law will kill them.”
The problem is that social networking sites have become so popular that it doesn’t seem to matter how accurate or not accurate a post is.
“I would say social media has created a very useful platform to be able and willing to say these things, but we have no real way to verify or check if these statements are true,” said D.J. Ramey, a professor of information ethics at the University of Missouri.
“It’s easy for someone to say something in the context of a political campaign and the media is willing to pay attention to it.”
The ACLU’s recommendations don’t mean that social-media platforms need be shut down, but they do say that social services need to “provide clear tools for users to report content that violates their terms of service and/or their privacy policies,” according to the report .
This includes requiring social media users to explicitly opt-in to their content or to report the content.
The report also calls for social media to make certain users aware of their rights, including how to opt out of sharing information about the law.
It recommends that social network platforms include a “user-friendly opt-outs” section on their websites, and “an opt-up section on the homepage” that allows users to opt into certain types of information sharing