Social media and misinformation

25 September, 2020

Interesting piece to read. Good to wat the documentary. [*see note below]

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Najeeb Al-Shorbaji, PhD, FIAHSI

Independent Consultant in Knowledge Management and eHealth

President, Jordan Library and Information Association

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HIFA profile: Najeeb Al-Shorbaji recently retired from the World Health Organization (WHO), where he has worked since 1988 in different capacities. He was most recently Director of the Knowledge, Ethics and Research Department at WHO headquarters, Geneva. Previously he was Coordinator for Knowledge Management and Sharing in EMRO (Eastern Mediterranean Regional Office), Egypt. He is a member of a number of national and international professional societies and associations specialised in information management and health informatics. He has authored over 100 research papers and articles presented in various conferences and published in professional journals. He is a member of the HIFA Steering Group and the HIFA Working Group on Multilingualism.

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[*Note from HIFA moderator (Neil PW): Thanks Najeeb. Here is a brief extract from

The Social Dilemma showcases a wealth of insider insight into how these technologies were designed and calibrated to manipulate human psychology. Orlowski’s documentary leaves no stone unturned as it dives deep into tech’s ugly downside: social media addiction, the spread of misinformation, its negative impact on our mental health (and the mental health of our youth), as well as, according to Orlowski, its potential role in the downfall of democratic institutions... Misinformation and conspiracy theories are spreading through society like wildfire, with social media platforms contributing the fodder and fuel behind them.'

'There’s that interesting moment in the film where we see (Mark) Zuckerberg testifying that he believes the solution to combating spread of misinformation is more AI — but then your film makes the point that AI can’t know what truth is, it just knows how to generate more clicks... There is a saying — a problem won’t be solved by the same thinking that created it...']