Buzz it or Bash it? After politics took over the gridiron and football became the field of protest, we needed to check the yardage gained or lost on the impact social media has on free speech in the face of trolls. After checking the Internet and Tech section of Pew Research, we already know this to be a thing:
“Many experts fear uncivil and manipulative behaviors on the internet will persist – and may get worse. This will lead to a splintering of social media into AI-patrolled and regulated ‘safe spaces’ separated from free-for-all zones. Some worry this will hurt the open exchange of ideas and compromise privacy”
Saw the above statement in a report on Pew Research Center. Will research a bit following the fallout from #kneelingsunday as #nfl athletes and owners battle trolls for expressing their freedom of speech.
No more anonymity, trolls must come out of the shadows. But does lost of anonymity lessen manipulation or make it worst? Many protesters known and unknown now face harsh results from jobs and even retaliation from friends on social media. Athletes and sports owners saw much retaliation from fans. At post time, Kaepernick still without a team.
Sign of the times of free speech, social media, and trolls?