Are you curious about the impact of disinformation on your rights and your ability to speak your mind on topics that matter? Do you want to have a say in how social media content is regulated in Ireland?
You’re in the right place! We want to start a conversation with young people in Ireland about disinformation and social media, and make sure their voices are heard in debates around “fake news” and how decisions are made on what is allowed on social media.
We want to offer ideas on how a pluralistic and tolerant society – one that listens to different perspectives, encourages dialogue and treats people equally – should deal with the issues of disinformation and social media regulation.
What is disinformation?
When we talk about disinformation, we mean information that is 1) false and 2) meant to mislead a population. This means that disinformation is intentionally designed and used to deceive the public. Disinformation isn’t the same as misinformation, which is false information that is shared without knowledge of its falsity.
What is the right to freedom of expression?
Everyone has the right to freedom of expression: this is protected by both international law and by the Irish Constitution. Freedom of expression means the ability to voice your ideas and opinions – it is what enables journalists to write stories about issues of public interest, artists to create, activists to challenge discrimination and everyone to take part in various dimensions of life in society, including by posting on social media. Freedom of expression enables us to take part in public debate and challenge the status quo.
The reasons for content moderation decisions are not transparent enough, and there is little opportunity for individuals to appeal these decisions Patrick Hever, Keep It Real Ambassador