The billionth Facebook audience has long made social networks one of the most effective tools for influencing people. This effect mainly occurs throughinformal requests from governments that need to promote any information. Now Facebook will be able to fool people even more efficiently, thanks to a new feature.
The first time a social network marked a post asfake happened yesterday. Media from Singapore wrote in their account that the police had arrested a well-known opposition activist who actively opposed the leadership. Singapore law enforcement agencies denied this information, but the situation did not become more unambiguous.
Given that the security forces only voiced the position of the authorities, which the potential victim opposed, the information is controversial.
Despite this, Zuckerberg does not care about such things. Requirements for marking fake posts come from various governments, so Facebook will gladly comply with them so as not to risk losing their audience. The mark under the post sounds at least ridiculous - it feels like social networks are really ashamed of their act, but income is more important than morality:
“Facebook is required by law to inform you that the Singapore government calls this post inaccurate.”
To understand the full potential scope of the problem,other scenarios need to be considered. With the help of notes about “fakes”, Facebook can manage opinions about politics around the world, change people's attitude to certain events and personalities, and also “excuse” their native government from all its sins.
As a result, the social network is potentially capableto form the necessary opinion among the majority, minimizing other points of view. And most importantly, people will believe these notes, because Facebook is the largest international social network with billions of users.