Amid the Armageddon-like Mumps outbreak currently wreaking havoc on Temple’s main campus, comes the discussion of the anti-vaccine movement. More specifically, the extent to which disinformation on the internet is spread.
According to a Vox article from March 7, technology media platforms, such as Facebook, YouTube, and Pinterest, are taking steps to limit the spread of anti-vax content on their sites. Many believe that this is a step in the right direction as this will minimize the spread of misinformation to the platforms’ millions of users and potentially save lives. Others, however, argue that this move, although a step in the right direction, will not be effective in stopping the movement since believers will obtain alternate means of reference. For example, there are numerous documentaries and books about the subject that are easily accessible to interested individuals.
Facebook, YouTube, and Pinterest are making these changes as a response to public backlash against the movement. Do you believe these companies have an ethical obligation to minimize disinformation for their users? From a business perspective, is this a smart decision? Why or why not?