Let’s Talk About How We Can Make Social Media Safer
A conversation about what needs to be fixed and how to fix it
UPDATE: We’ve had a tremendous response to this! Over 1,000 comments on 7 different social media platforms. Please keep the thoughts coming!
As someone who has faced countless threats, harassment and stalking over the last 8 years, fixing the hot mess social media has become is extremely personal to me.
There have been a lot of problems exposed again in the last week about social media, and these are just a sampling of its dangers. The solutions I see (or don’t) are limited by my perspective. I want to pose a question for you so that I can learn from your experience and hear your thoughts on the issue.
The question is:
How do we make social media safer for everyone?
I know it’s a big question, so to get you started, here are some more specific prompts:
What can we do as individuals to make social media safer?
How can we push social media companies to change?
How have you seen companies try to address or ignore issues of ethics, AI, plagiarism, etc. on their platform? What’s effective and what’s not?
If you were to imagine a brand new safe and welcoming social media platform, what would it look like?
Here’s how we’d like this to work:
Add your ideas in the comments section of this post. Reply once for each individual idea you have, instead of one big reply. You aren’t limited to just one reply! So if you have 10 different ideas, leave 10 comments! (or more)
Vote for your favorite ideas by “liking” (hitting the heart button) next to all your favorite comments—some of the top voted ideas will be featured in a Dworkin Weekly podcast episode.
I really hope you’ll give your input and join us in the many conversations to come.
Here’s what you can do right now to help us out:
Like this post so we know you read it! (hit the heart at the bottom of this post)
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