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Why has the Internet started to lose public trust?

Some of the coolest things you discover and the most interesting things you read are through the Internet. Maybe you watched an amazing documentary about wild animals, streamed a live sports event, or just found out the latest news on your favorite celebrity.

On average, people spend around 8 hours online every day. Like many of us, you probably take the Internet for granted. But do you know which websites you should trust and which you shouldn’t? And why is trust important in the online world?

Let’s analyze together:

  • What does trust mean in the online world?
  • What was the Internet like in the beginning?
  • The Internet’s honeymoon period
  • How has trust in the Internet changed and evolved?
  • What happened that made people trust the Internet less?
  • The real-life implications of what we do online check the recent Facebook scandal 
  • How data breaches and cyber-attacks undermined trust in the Internet 
  • What governments want to persuade us that mass surveillance is for  
  • Did social media draw more people to the Internet or alienated them?
  • How can the Internet regain people’s trust? 
  • How you and I can make the Internet a better place 

What does trust mean in the online world?

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Living in the fake news era – how can we tell what is true or not?

“Honestly, people are definitely dumber. They just keep passing stuff around. Nobody fact-checks anything anymore — I mean, that’s how Trump got elected. He just said whatever he wanted, and people believed everything, and when the things he said turned out not to be true, people didn’t care because they’d already accepted it. It’s real scary. I’ve never seen anything like it.[…]

I think Trump is in the White House because of me. […]

Looking back, instead of hurting the campaign, I think I helped it. And that feels [bad].” 

This is what Paul Horner told Washington Post, in November 2016. But who is he? Paul Horner has made his living off viral news hoaxes for several years. But he’s most famous for distributing fake news during the 2016 American election.

Long before 2016, here is what Donald Trump said during an interview to People Magazine in 1998:

“If I were to run, I’d run as a Republican. They’re the dumbest group of voters in the country. They believe anything on Fox News. I could lie and they’d still eat it up. I bet my numbers would be terrific. “

 

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7 Ways to look at the Facebook – Cambridge Analytica scandal

Clearly, Facebook is living its worst time since its founding. Everywhere you turn and each webpage you open, you will see a different angle of Cambridge Analytica’s scandal in which Facebook had a leading role.

As Facebook COO, Sheryl Sandberg declared, Facebook suffered “a huge breach of trust”.

You probably realized a while back that Facebook is not just a “socializing” platform. But the backlash Facebook faces these days is clearly at one of its lowest levels.

Facebook deceived you and million others. What now?

Here is what Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg said after the Cambridge Analytica scandal:

“We have a responsibility to protect your data, and if we can’t then we don’t deserve to serve you,” Zuckerberg wrote. “I’ve been working to understand exactly what happened and how to make sure this doesn’t happen again.”

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Social media and news channels blocked in Pakistan

Protests have covered the entire Pakistan on Saturday, November 25th after thousands of citizens have demanded the resignation of Law minister Zahid Hamid.  The Law Minister introduced new parliamentary bills which Pakistani people consider weaken the judicial system under religious considerations.

Therefore, the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) has decided to take all news channels off air and also blocked the access to popular social media websites such as Twitter and Facebook.

The media block has created a big frenzy especially on Twitter where many journalists from the region have taken a stand and were continually reporting on the situation from Pakistan.

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