If a user knowingly spreads incorrect information (not opinion) with logic they know to be false, they shall be automatically banned for a certain period of time.

I’ve been pondering the ramifications of this policy that I would like to see implemented on social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter. In a time when much of our information is curated by such entities it seems reasonable for those platforms to take precautions to prevent the spread of misinformation, The American public used to, and to some extent still does, receive their information from TV and newspapers. Having worked in a newsroom it always amazed me how much information we were not able to print. The information was good, it was deemed unimportant to our readers. So in some ways, newsrooms have always formed a gatekeeper status.

I would like to think that the American public is informed enough to make wise and correct judgements from the news they read but that does not seem to be the case. We are swayed by argument. To add to this confusion, the press now seems to believe that some items are open for discussion and therefore present both sides to a story.

These include

Climate change

Kamala Harris’ eligibility to become Vice President

Barack Obama’s birth location

Whether the Earth is round

At some point we know things for certain and they are not open for discussion. We should maintain and open mind and be willing to change our opinion based on new information but I don’t see an argument that seafloor spreading happens. That a great extinction occurred after an asteroid impact 65 million years ago. Evidence exists to support these arguments and they have passed from ideas to current thinking.