Digital infoxication, an evil that afflicts the voters
Posted On 20 Mar 2017
“Seeing is believing” is a premise that many people apply strictly, but they forget when using WhatsApp, Facebook or Twitter … A few days after the elections, voters suffer an infoxicación that could influence in a negative way in their decision.
Hundreds of audios, chains, tweets, trends, photos, news, videos, profiles and fake messages circulate daily in social networks and instant messaging tools in order to distort the truth and achieve different purposes during the election season.
Borja is disappointed to see how the Left supports Lasso, Pope Francis asks not to vote for a rich president, Correa escapes prematurely to Belgium, the Armed Forces ask for support to take to the streets, Antonio Valencia supports the Citizen’s Revolution and even a “reliable source” reports that it is necessary to stock up on food before the new elections because chaos is approaching … These are only five of the most shared unfounded rumors in the last two weeks.
There is no doubt that behind these “news” there is a destabilization interest, for example. The problem? People do not filter the information, assume it as truth and share it with hundreds of contacts without verifying any data.
María del Pilar Jarrín, who has a master’s degree in Corporate Communication and Strategic Planning, and a Diploma in Political Consulting, recommends that “if we want to be activists in favor of a candidate, we must be responsible for what we believe and subsequently disseminate. The action we have as individuals influences the community that follows us.”