Trust Radius: “Should you trust social networks as a source of information?”
In my opinion, sure, you can. However, I don’t trust that these kinds of platforms are true independent media sources and that they are not surreptitiously censoring user information for reasons unique to that platform’s leadership.
For me personally, one of the most unnerving possibilities around social media is that leadership would form an intimate relationship with any news organization. Take Microsoft, for example, and its nearly 2-decade atypical affair with NBC. It would be hard for one to rule out that the company hadn’t shared some of its darkest secrets about how to backdoor its software programs with NBC’s computer engineers. Hence, a corrupt mainstream media would have access to hundreds of millions of computers to support its investigative journalism exploits. Likewise, Microsoft today, via its LinkedIn asset or any relationships it might have with mainstream media such as CNN, sets a dangerous precedent in that CNN may be able to influence LinkedIn’s behavior around users on its platform. One such behavior is unwarranted user censorship. Privacy invasion would be another immense concern, largely due to the fact that private content would be of enormous interest to any news organization whose investigative instincts are naturally impulsive.