Social Media Influence On Racism

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Currently, we are living in a technology society. We can read and learn a lot of information from social media that is very effective and influential. This can even influence which candidate are the voters going to vote, like how Donald Trump posted a post which about all Islam are terrorism on Twitter to get more supporters and a lot of vote in the election. According to a article, “News Use Across Social Media Platforms 2016”, Jeffrey Gottfried and Elisa Shearer showed that 62% of American read the news on the social media. In America, a lot of people have a social media profiles. According to “U.S. Population with a Social Media Profile 2016 | Statistic”, it claimed that seventy-eight percent of Americans had a social media profiles. …show more content…
By using those functions which social media has, people can spread the racist messages early and widely. People would use social media as a tool to spread racism and attack the people of different race. This reason of why social media can be a tool to spread racism in our society is two qualities to spread racism extensively and readily, which is people think they have the freedom to say anything that they want and echo chamber. In America, the first amendment protect us that we can have the the freedom of speech. As a result, people think they have the freedom and rights to spread any harmful or offensive posts or comments on social media, even those comments or posts are including racism. According to “Racism On Twitter, By The Numbers”, over seventy presents of Twitter users used racist language.(Ed Mazza) This shows that there has a lot of social media users used racist language to talk or make fun with the people who had different race. In fact, making racist jokes is a kind of racism. In addition, according to “The Use Of Social Media In Teaching Race”, there has a huge amount of racism or “hate” comments if someone posted a video with racism on social media. (Kathy Nakagawa and Angela E. Arzubiaga, P.104-105) Due to the users of social media would comment or share the racism video, racism was spreading while they commented …show more content…
People can use the fake information to sign up a social media account. In “The social network where no one knows your name”, a creator of a social media,which called Social Number, claimed that people can write a fake name and information to signup a social media account. (Breeanna Hare) For signing up an account, there doesn’t have to verify user’s information. If they did not use the “real” information, no one would know who they were in the “real” world. Then, they might think that they can do some crime, such as racism or bullying, without getting trouble or bearing legal liability. Anonymity is a reason of why people can be social media for spreading

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