The facts on why facts alone can’t fight false beliefs.
“I think we need to get to an information environment where sharing is slowed down,” Manjoo says. “A really good example of this is Snapchat. Everything disappears after a day—you can’t have some lingering thing that gets bigger and bigger.”
Facebook is apparently interested in copying some of Snapchat’s features—including the disappearing messages. “I think that would reduce virality, and then you could imagine that would perhaps cut down on sharing false information,” Manjoo says. But, he caveats: “Things must be particularly bad if you’re looking at Snapchat for reasons of hope.”
Continuing one of the themes from my last post, this article makes rather depressing reading: facts and evidence won’t make people change their minds. A change may slowly creep up on them and suddenly become an epiphany, but it may be too late for the rest of us.