YouTube Plays a Huge Role in the Dissemination of Mis and Disinformation

By Emiree Campbell

YouTube is a huge social media platform whereas billions of it users post and share content that may or may not be true.

The dissemination of mis and disinformation is growing at a pace we can no longer keep up with. Misinformation is false information, however it is not intended. While disinformation is false information with the intention of changing someone’s perspective. While one is innocent, they’re both equally dangerous.

The way it spreads is quite simple. YouTube users pull in content from YouTube and share it onto another platform. This bringing the content another stage of life, a new beginning. So you can see that this is not only a problem for YouTube but for other platforms as well especially Facebook. What is most shocking is that YouTube is well aware of its influence, and still allows these videos to serve as resources. This not helping the cause at all. YouTube is very popular especially since the beginning of the pandemic.

According to a Pew report, YouTube saw the most significant growth of any social media app among American users during the pandemic, the Pew Research Center reported in a new report released Wednesday. The Google-owned video service saw usage grow from 73 percent of U.S. adults in 2019 to 81 percent in 2021. That was followed most closely by Reddit, which saw usage grow from 11 percent of U.S. adults in 2019 to 18 percent in 2021. The conclusions are from a survey of 1,502 U.S. adults conducted between January 25 and February 8. 

While YouTube continues to grow you can only predict that the platform will soon become flooded with lies and rumors. By this time it may be too late, the world may just have to judge everything with an iron fist or be brainwashed by the majority.


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