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NEXT Media

NEXT Media

Trust or Trap? Navigating the Complexities of Social Media

In today’s interconnected world, social media platforms have become integral parts of our daily lives, shaping how we consume information, interact with others, and perceive the world around us. However, the rapid proliferation of social media has brought forth a myriad of challenges, ranging from privacy concerns and online harassment to the spread of misinformation and fake news. This session delves into the multifaceted landscape of social media, aiming to unravel the complexities and ethical dilemmas associated with its use.

Drawing from a wide range of perspectives, the session explores the various ways in which social media impacts individuals, communities, and societies at large. From the proliferation of echo chambers and filter bubbles to the commodification of personal data and the erosion of digital privacy, the session will critically examine the broader societal implications of social media. It will also look at specific cases, such as the role of social media in exacerbating conflicts such as the Israeli occupation of Gaza, and highlight the profound impact of misinformation and divisive content on vulnerable populations. The session aims to foster a deeper understanding of the challenges posed by social media and provide solutions for a resilient digital ecosystem.

● In what ways do social media algorithms contribute to the spread of misinformation or fake news and how can we ensure greater transparency and accountability in their operation to mitigate harmful effects on users’ trust and well-being?

● How can we address the ethical dilemmas posed by social media platforms in today’s digital age, considering their impact on user privacy, mental health, and societal well-being?

● How can policymakers, social media platforms, and civil society collaborate to develop effective regulations and policies that address the ethical challenges posed by social media, including data privacy, content moderation, and the responsible dissemination of information, while upholding principles of free expression and digital rights?

● How can we strike a balance between the benefits of social media, such as enhanced connectivity and information access, and the ethical considerations surrounding issues like privacy infringement, online harassment, and the spread of misinformation?