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Instagram Is the Internet’s New Home for Hate

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  1. Melody Bot

    Your friendly little forum bot. Staff Member

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    Taylor Lorenz, writing at The Atlantic:

    Instagram is teeming with these conspiracy theories, viral misinformation, and extremist memes, all daisy-chained together via a network of accounts with incredible algorithmic reach and millions of collective followers—many of whom, like Alex, are very young. These accounts intersperse TikTok videos and nostalgia memes with anti-vaccination rhetoric, conspiracy theories about George Soros and the Clinton family, and jokes about killing women, Jews, Muslims, and liberals.

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  2. somethingwitty


    Gross...its amazing to think that social media was created within academic settings and is now the greatest contributer of misinformation that we have today.
    SuNDaYSTaR likes this.
  3. JRGComedy

    Trusted Supporter

    Just burn it all down
    scottlechowicz likes this.
  4. Ryan

    Might be Spider-Man...

    If one day I woke up and all "social media" was gone, it'd be for the better
  5. oakhurst


    What did they think would happen when people with all kinds of opinions and views can access a social media platform in this day and age with memes? I can’t count how many times I’ve seen flat earth conspiracy accounts and big chungas.
    AllenRicketts likes this.
  6. AllenRicketts


    It's almost like the same people still exist.
  7. BradBradley


    The best aspect of the internet: everyone can have a voice! The worst aspect of the internet: everyone can have a voice!
  8. Ryan

    Might be Spider-Man...

    The internet is some jack ass trying to hammer in a nail with a block of cheese.
  9. contra11mundum

    I hate spoilers. Supporter

    I’ve been off Facebook for 2 years and I quit Instagram and Twitter 6 months ago.

    Legitimately one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.

    Don’t miss it at all.
  10. emeryk3

    Wharf Mice

    Misinformation has been spread by every medium (ie Newspapers, television, radio, etc) anyway. If you absolutepunkers hate social media so much then just continue to deactivate your accounts and let the rest of us enjoy it.
  11. Joe4th

    Memories are nice, but that's all they are. Prestigious

    oh cool, this guy is back
    coleslawed likes this.
  12. SuNDaYSTaR


    Oh, we like it, we just don't like it with people like you in it.
  13. emeryk3

    Wharf Mice

    Boohoo. Set your account to private and don't follow. But you're missing out on great content - my dog is cute af
  14. emeryk3

    Wharf Mice

    Sup bruh. What's your Instagram @? I'll follow
  15. TerrancePryor Prestigious

    We're Chorusfmers, you dolt.
    GetUpAndrew and St. Nate like this.
  16. emeryk3

    Wharf Mice

    Doesn't sound as cool though, Tez. The OG squad are absolutepunkers
  17. jpmalone4

    Stay Lucky Supporter

    You enjoy misinformation?
    beachdude and slimfenix182 like this.
  18. emeryk3

    Wharf Mice

    No. But I rarely see it unless I seek for it; I enjoy debating/challenging misinformation (especially with the current political climate, i.e. Brexit negotiations).

    Certainly wouldn't deactivate my account over it. But maybe I'm not absolutepunk enough.
  19. inagreendase


    There was actually a pretty interesting interview on Last Week Tonight recently with Monica Lewinsky where she mentions having had to live through a social media-free era as the incessant target of public bullying and mentioned that she thought it might actually have helped her through the process to have it exist since people would have a way to message her any support at all.
  20. SuNDaYSTaR


    I'm not following you, you smart man.

    I also don't think you know what the purpose of setting your account to private is.
  21. SuNDaYSTaR


    "Misinformation has spread everywhere!"

    "There's actually very little misinformation, and I only come across it when I specifically look for it!"
  22. Wharf Rat

    I know a little something you won't ever know Prestigious

    imagine getting upset because people were being mean to instagram
  23. emeryk3

    Wharf Mice

    Or you just misread.

    "By every medium (ie Newspapers, television, radio, etc) anyway." I said.
    Yes, like the equivalent of avoiding certain newspapers, TV shows, radio stations. Didnt deny the misinformation wasn't there but only when you're really seeking for it - else, get new friends?
  24. emeryk3

    Wharf Mice

    Imagine running a website continuously posting articles mocking all social media websites whilst simultaneously using them and including plug-ins for users to share content on said social sites.
  25. Wharf Rat

    I know a little something you won't ever know Prestigious