Ethics First Media Monitor (Social Media 1) either Regular or Bonus

The first media monitor, social media monitor one, part of our pioneering syllabus, second semester of it, updated, can be posted here, either regular or bonus, with deadline Thursday Feb 6, 2020 at 11:59pm. The content should be described or quoted but the url of the social media site should be concealed, ALL real names in the content and among users should be concealed, i.e. NOT pasted. These will instead be submitted during class hours next week on a piece of paper to be manually routed.

The regular media monitor, social media one, is: A review of any post in social media (FB, Twitter, IG, YT, tumblr, WP, etc) that illustrates the first two reports in class : On trolling or troll-like behavior (redact the url and any real names).

The Bonus is a review of any social media post (good practice / violation / disinformation / discriminatory / racist etc/ a dilemma) on the NCorVirus worldwide. Time frame : 2019-2020.

The title of the post should indicate whether it is being submitted as regular or bonus. Only one post per week shall be given points. Late posts are considered forfeit.

Stay informed and healthy!

20 thoughts on “Ethics First Media Monitor (Social Media 1) either Regular or Bonus

  1. 1ST MEDIA MONITOR BONUS

    It’s been about a month since a novel strain of coronavirus was detected in Wuhan, China and proceeded to spread in different countries. In the outbreak’s wake, misinformation and panic is spreading on social media worldwide.

    There was a popular line of misinformation in Twitter that garnered with over 140,000 “likes” claiming that scientist have predicted the Wuhan coronavirus will kill 65 million people. This is a hoax.

    In October 2019, a Johns Hopkins research center ran an “exercise” that aimed to model the global response to a potential epidemic. Many people online have misinterpreted the study and erroneously linked its predictions to the possible death toll of an outbreak similar to what we’re currently witnessing with the Wuhan coronavirus. In other words, the Johns Hopkins study had nothing to do with the Wuhan coronavirus, although the scenario studied might seem similar. Also the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security said in a statement: “We modeled a fictional coronavirus pandemic, but we explicitly stated that it was not a prediction. We are not now predicting that the nCoV-2019 outbreak will kill 65 million people.”

    Link to the Tweet: https://twitter.com/aseremba/status/1221751933448392704

  2. 1st Media Monitor Regular

    Discrimination continues to be rampant across social media platforms. Social media posts targeting race, looks, gender or class, among other topics, pervade the online sphere and make the virtual space less safe and inhabitable for minority communities.

    One particular community that often experiences targeted hate is the teansgender community. On January 25, 2020, an American transgender journalist was attacked on the train. She describes, “They spit on me and hit me and called me transphobic slurs.”

    One of the first replies to her tweet has a guy telling her to “Man up.” Both insensitive and inappropriate, the man seems to add salt to the victim’s wound with the transphobic remark. Nonetheless, many netizens came to her defense. The NYPD Transit even contacted her directly, tweeting that they would like to investigate the encounter. Despite trolls like aforementioned man, it is comforting that many people on the platform did say comforting words and tried to help the journalist feel better. Social media is generally regarded by queer and trans people as a safe space in which one can express themselves freely. To maintain that safe space also means being louder and stronger than the hateful trolls that try to take that safety away.

  3. 1ST MEDIA MONITOR BONUS

    The coronavirus outbreak sparked panic around the world. Anxiety was fuelled by misinformation and disinformation. In an attempt to combat people’s fear, a licensed doctor posted a video on Youtube entitled “The Truth About Coronavirus”. It was posted on January 30, 2020 and has gained 4,923,531 views as of February 5, 2020.

    The text written in the video’s description box is, “There is a lot of misinformation spreading with this novel coronavirus originating in Wuhan, China in the last few weeks and I decided to set the record straight. This video encompasses all that we know now, practical steps to take to protect yourself, and sources for further research.”

    This video is good practice of media use. First, all shared information about the novel coronavirus was credible. The doctor in the video used World Health Organization and Center for Disease Control and Prevention as his sources. Second, he was transparent. He clarified that the statistics and information he shared are true but subject to change. New details about the virus could be discovered and more people could be affected by it. Last, he was against fearmongering. He urged his viewers to be “alert, not anxious.”

  4. 1ST MEDIA MONITOR BONUS
    Since the outbreak of the Novel Coronavirus last 2019, people all over the world are continuously monitoring the number of people who have been infected and the number of causalities brought by the said virus. Last January 30, 2020, the Department of Health announces the first confirmed case in the Philippines. A world-renowned NGO posted the announcement on their Facebook page together with tips on how one can protect themselves against the risk of the virus and a link on more information about the novel coronavirus. The post posted on January 30, 2020, garnered 8.6K Facebook reacts, 1.7K comments and 28K shares.
    Although there are a lot of posts regarding the said announcement, most of them are in English. What is notable about the post is that it is translated in Filipino. It is the only Facebook post that I have seen that used the vernacular language. Since not all Filipinos can speak and understand English very well, posts concerning Filipinos must be written in or translated in Filipino. This way information will be easily understood and easily spread by a big majority of the Filipino audience. With the use of the vernacular language misinformation and disinformation might be lessened.

  5. 1st Media Monitor: Bonus

    Tweet: “This strain of corona was made in Canada and then stolen by Harvard’s head chemist and smuggled to China, it’s a bio weapon not some sickness from bat soup. [image]”

    Amidst the global panic about the NCorVirus are tweets and posts arguing that China is using the virus as a biological weapon. Several tweets can be found arguing that this virus was purposefully spread by the Chinese government to control the Chinese population or that the virus was crafted in the United States and sent to China as a chemical weapon.

    The tweet I decided to share for this assignment argues that the virus was made in the United States and smuggled into China as a biological weapon. It even attached a screenshot of an article from infowars.com about Harvard’s Head of Chemistry and two Chinese nationals getting caught smuggling biological material. The thread goes on to argue that the virus is part of China’s elaborate plan to gain access to the world’s technologies and information.

    Posts and tweets similar to this do not help solve the problem or mitigate global panic. It only spreads distrust and paranoia. Aside from spreading disinformation, it is also discriminatory of the Chinese government. Posts like these promote lack of empathy and sympathy for those affected by the virus. Moreover, what’s worse is seeing similar tweets and comments which support this tweet and use fake news sites or uncredited news sites like infowars.com to defend their argument. We should be mindful and critical about these tweets and their implications. While I agree that social media is a good place to raise awareness about things that are of concern, I also think it is important to be mindful and critical of the things we post and read. In a time of panic like this, we cannot afford to spread conspiracy theories which will inevitably worsen the situation. Instead of supporting posts like this, we have to promote social media content which can actually help us (i.e. posts explaining the nature of the virus, updates about the outbreak, tips on how to stay healthy, etc.).

  6. 1st Media Monitor: BONUS

    On February 1, an online fashion photography magazine in Instagram made a post distinct from its usual photoshoot and fashion content by instead posting a simple screenshot of text with statistics and facts regarding the N.Cov virus. This includes “The latest:”, which cites death tolls and confirmed cases in mainland China, “Health emergency:”, which states the World Health Organization’s declaration of N.Cov as a public health emergency of international concern, “Global problem:”, which cites the number of cases outside of China and some of the places affected, “China on lockdown:”, which gives the population count locked down in the mainland, and “Evacuations:”, which states countries are working to evacuate their citizens out of Wuhan.

    This is a good practice and use of an established following to spread awareness about the situation, as the caption simply reads “Does anyone know what is happening in China? What do you think about this situation?”. This means the post is not dictating information or facts, but rather, is encouraging dialogue and sharing of information in the comments section. However, it would’ve been more responsible had the social media manager included sources or links for the screenshot shared, or at least for the statistics cited, as the text on the post comes off as less trustworthy without including at least the logos of sources of the information.

  7. 1st Media Monitor: BONUS

    Tweet: LOOK: Chinese National Collapsed in the Street of Manila, Philippines #coronavirus #ncov [image here]

    Among the cities in Metro Manila, the city of Manila was one of the first to respond to the possible threat of the NCoV because they are considered as the melting point of many Chinese tourists. However, just last week, many panicked as one tweet spread throughout twitter that shows a man passed out in the streets. This man is suspected to be a Chinese tourist. What caused the hysteria of many Manilenos is that the tweet used #Coronavirus and #NCoV, implying that the man passed out due to the virus. The mass hysteria led to many avoiding going out as well as agitating the city government to act, seeing that the city is already ‘infected’. Later that day, the man was discovered to be a Korean tourist who passed out in the street due to drinking too much. The person who tweeted the photo later apologized, saying that his panic has caused him to tweet and possibly, inform all of the situation. 
    
    I think that in this time of hysteria, everyone should be extra careful in sharing information on the virus. We cannot blame anyone for it really is a topic of great concern however, acting and posting out of panic may do more damage than help. In this case, it also showed that many became extra sensitive towards their surroundings. Due to this sensitivity, many would just believe the information out there, making them susceptible to disinformation. It is now a challenge to everyone to make sure that the information we share and consume are of reliable source in order to address the problem and not cause more damage.
    
  8. 1st Media Monitor: Regular
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    Gossip accounts on social media, such as Perez Hilton, which gossips about celebrities, enable some people to comment offensive or rude things about a person. I admittedly follow this account for the sake of entertainment. I realize that even if they are celebrities, rhe behavior may still be unethical, spreading negativity, spreading false news, and making comments about s person that would hurt them in real life. For women, whether prominent or not, comments on the body and age often reach the point of being hurtful and can affect someone’s mental health. Gossip posts and comment threads on social media (Instagram, Twitter or Facebook) can be ruthlessly negative and should be read and used with caution.

  9. first media monitor bonus

    The Novel Corona Virus has definitely spread like wild fire across the lands of China. We cannot deny the fact that the virus has already arrived in our country and it caused panic due to the reasons: we don’t have world class health care system, our government is incompetent, and lastly, we are very best friends with China.
    People in different social media platforms expressed their dismay to how our government is handling the situation. It sparked a debate because some comments are borderline racist but most of them are just plain disappointment. Due to this debate on whether it is racist to close our borders, a certain post/story has been posted by different accounts. The anecdote starts with having a Chinese neighbor whom have kids, then they let the Filipinos go in first because they don’t want to be called virus carriers. Upon further digging up, netizens found out that it’s the DDS troll accounts that are posting this same story, copy and pasted. Suddenly the story is not about being human, it is saving the dignity of their patron saint DUTERTE who does not want to impose a travel ban.

    Link to the post: https://twitter.com/latest_chika/status/1224249810405871616?s=19

  10. 1ST MEDIA MONITOR BONUS

    Facebook Post: Advise on the use of masks… Proper Hygiene is the most important! [Images Attached]

    The issue of the Novel Coronavirus is something that has caused an onslaught of mass hysteria and panic worldwide. While initially thought to spread through means of animal-to-person interaction, it was quickly identified however that some individuals who have been infected by the virus have no interaction/exposure to the animal markets where the virus was identified to have spread from. This indicates that a person-to-person transmission of the virus is currently happening.

    With no known cure for the virus, individuals are rushing to make sure that they have the means to protect themselves from the virus. Face masks have been sold out left and right, due to Filipinos panic buying in the hopes that having one would protect themselves and their families from the spreading virus. The facebook post I am sharing however, is of a netizen sharing an academic article from the WHO that gives advice on the usage of the said face masks. The article relays that these face masks actually provide us with a false sense of security, making most individuals complacent and forget that the most important way of combating the virus is through proper hygiene.

    Amidst the panic, this social media post is an example of a good practice due to their effort to share information that would promote proper prevention and spreading of the virus. Beyond statistics and updates of the current state of the virus, it remains important that we become knowledgeable of the proper ways through which we can protect ourselves and the people around us from the disease. Through relaying credible and accurate information, we can help save lives while also combating the hysteria caused by wrong data and false information about the virus.

  11. 1ST MEDIA MONITOR BONUS

    Misinformation has been rampant on social media for a while now but with the outbreak of the Novel Coronavirus (nCoV), these false information further endanger the lives of the people, adding to the damages the virus itself could cause. People have gone into panic and even mass hysteria over the disease. Some people have even started panic buying and hoarding face masks, alcohol, and vitamins. Why these sources disinform us, we’ll never know for sure. Perhaps it’s for profiting reasons. What we do know is that their act of falsifying only leads to more harm.

    The tweet I am posting here shares some of the news outlets that have downplayed the Coronavirus by comparing it to the flu. Some of these sites are Washington Post, Wired, USA Today, and BuzzFeed News. Despite being trusted sources of news, these outlets have not turned a blind eye to sharing false information or even fake news regarding the virus. Balaji S. Srinivasan, the user who tweeted about the disinformation regarding the nCoV calls this genre of news “official misinformation”. Furthermore, he also shared that in spite of these disinformers, the New York Times publishes real information regarding the virus.

    Determining the real from fake information is a good way to reduce the panic and hysteria of the public. It can also help save lives when we know who and what information to trust regarding the virus. There’s no time like today to practice responsible social media.

    Link to tweet: https://twitter.com/balajis/status/1224077869833506820?s=20

  12. 1st Media Monitor: BONUS

    In the face of the Novel Coronavirus or 2019-nCov outbreak, I have noticed a swarm of racist memes against Asian people that are circulating online. People are joking about how dating Asian women is, temporarily, “unsafe”. For instance, I came across a meme on Twitter showing a seemingly frightened facial expression of a Western boy when he saw an Asian woman in a dating application. Personally, I despise these kinds of content on social media for it reinforces xenophobia and bigotry. Allow me to point out that the Coronavirus is not an excuse to be racist towards Asian people. Instead of propagating language of racism as self-expression of public concern, let us make the time we spend in social media more worthwhile by spreading information that would be of help to multiple people, such as prevention and control measures from being infected.

  13. 1ST MEDIA MONITOR BONUS

    Since the start of the news spreading about the Novel Corona Virus, there has been no shortage of posts on social media that seemingly degrade the Chinese nationals for eating bats and other exotic animals.
    In a tweet I saw, the user says that if Adam and Eve were Chinese, we would still be living in paradise because they would have eaten the snake instead of the fruits. This post is incredibly racist and rides on the racial stereotypes that Chinese people eat anything and everything.
    In light of the nCov outbreak, I think posts on social media like these are not tolerable and highly uncalled for. The country (China) has already been undergoing the necessary emergency procedures to lockdown the virus as much as possible, and racist comments such as these are no help whatsoever to the situation, only being catalysts for hate and isolation.

  14. 1st Media Monitor: Bonus

    Tweet: “We still don’t know where coronavirus originated. Could have been a market, a farm, a food processing company. I would note that Wuhan has China’s only biosafety level-four super laboratory that works with the world’s most deadly pathogens to include, yes, coronavirus. [video]”

    This was tweeted by a U.S Republican senator, and the video is a clip from the Senate armed service committee hearing, which has almost 130,000 views and retweeted by almost 2,000 people. His statement only boosts debunked fringe theory. Also, there is no proof that the lab that he mentioned has any connection with the coronavirus outbreak. He is spreading misinformation, fear, and panic to the public. It also increases social tension such as discrimination and prejudice.

  15. 1ST MEDIA MONITOR BONUS

    Ever since that the news of the corona virus outbreak has been shed to light, there has been a rampant spread of misinformation concerning the epidemic. This includes “information” regarding the origin of the virus and the ways to cure it. Personally, I’ve encountered posts saying that malunggay or even garlic can cure the novel corona virus and other similar posts. On the night of January 27, the account of World Health Organization (WHO) made a thread on twitter debunking some popular myths surrounding the epidemic such as the ones that I’ve mentioned. Through pubmats styled in a QnA manner, the health organization answered frequently asked questions and shared new information to the public.

    This has been a good (in fact, a must) effort from the organization since there has already been death cases in and outside mainland China. Shedding some light to vital information can really help prevent the further increase of death due to the virus.

  16. 1ST MEDIA MONITOR (BONUS)

    With the rise in numbers of the 2019-Novel CoronaVirus (nCoV) cases around the world, people tend to offer solutions to the outbreak without researching, understanding, and verifying facts of what the virus is. Netizens tend to get carried away and share the misinformation in the mask of “helping each other” without being aware of the real issue. Most people identifies the new 2019-nCoV as just “Coronavirus” in which the misinformation starts. In the actual Facebook post, there’s a front and rear picture of the product (Lysol) that indicates that this product “kills 99.9% of viruses and bacteria” and on the other side, the list of viruses that the product can kill which includes the “Human coronavirus, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Streptococcus pyogenes,” etc. Netizens already spread the news that Lysol do eliminate the Coronavirus but the problem is, they were misinformed. Lysol only eliminates the known types in the family of corona viruses and not the new 2019-nCoV.

  17. First media monitor

    Social media sites have been filling up with misinformation on the outbreak of the Novel Coronavirus (nCoV). False and misleading information endangers people’s lives, and only increases the damage the outbreak could create. The manifestation of this misinformation drive is already being felt, with people hoarding masks and panic buying food. While such acts are illegal and being regulated by the Department of Health (DOH), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), and the various hospitals and medical centers, it is not undeniable that people have been deprived of such basic needs due to shortages in stock.

    An example of proper reporting on social media is a recent tweet from a doctor that debunks recent lies that the virus was developed from the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). The doctor explains that while the drugs used to potentially treat nCoV and HIV share similar attack methods for eradicating the viruses, their similarities are not completely proven and the similarities are also make them technically incompatible. The tweet is finished with hashtags to fake news and the virus.

    This is a good example of news properly communicated and shared. The use of sensible language reassures the reader that this news is reliable and the use of mainstream hashtags allows this to be communicated effectively.

  18. 1ST MEDIA MONITOR (BONUS):
    “A Chinese nurse in a coronavirus-hit hospital in Henan province gives her sobbing daughter an “air hug”

    A tree is not the forest. The Mainland Chinese citizens need our sympathy and support. They are not the problem. Please be very mindful of the things we say.”

    This was the caption for a tweet showing a video clip of a nurse and a mother talking to her crying daughter from a distance, explaining that she has to attend to her duties and will be back home as soon as they deal with the outbreak. Personally, I sharing a video like this amidst all the racism that the Chinese community received is a good practice to really show people that they are just like us. Memes and posts are circulating all over media blaming the Chinese community for the outbreak and at some point, maybe people enjoyed it too much that they tend to ignore the fact that people in China are probably suffering the most. In a time where desensitization happens too quickly, raw human emotions, without romanticizing them or their struggles, would bring us back to our senses and remind us that these people’s struggles are not to be taken as something humorous. We should not degrade Chinese people to a mere meme just because of the outbreak.

  19. 1st Media Monitor – BONUS

    Link to the posts: https://www.facebook.com/AusHyd/photos/a.851134991890540/1067921903545180/?type=3&theater

    Since the advent of posts and tweets regarding the Novel Coronavirus, many anti-Chinese sentiments in a form of memes have been spread around online. There has been jokes about Chinese people when they cough in public, and discriminatory remarks about Chinese people disguised as a humour. The Novel Coronavirus remains a serious matter—it has killed people and many families are struggling from the tragedy—you wouldn’t even wish for it to happen to you or your loved ones. I have been seeing a lot of posts or memes that manifest racism. There was a time when people were hoarding on face masks, and some were taking advantage of the issue and selling them for a higher price online. We shall be careful in sharing posts that generate mass hysteria. Adding more prejudice amidst the issue just fuels behaviour that shouldn’t even be tolerated. At the end of the day, the Coronavirus should not be an excuse to be racist or xenophobic.

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