Can social media influence your political views?

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The majority of the country have an opinion on politics. However, have you ever thought about how social media can affect your opinions?Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, all of these have an impact on what you believe.

For example, political parties can post lies about their opposition or about themselves. In the most recent general election, the conservatives changed their twitter name to "factcheck UK". If they had succeeding in doing so without Twitter getting involved, the country could have been sold numerous lies about the Labour party. This is awful because it could have swayed people to vote for the Conservatives. In addition, the parties can post offensive adverts about the opposition. For example, the conservatives posted an edited video of labour Mp Keir Stamer with the caption that " labour has no plan for Brexit". To sum up what happened, Piers Morgan asked him why the EU would give Labour a good deal if they know they're goung to actively campaign about it. Keir paused for a second ; however, the Conservative party edited the video to make it seem like Keir had not answered. For more detail, a link to the video on Youtube is underneath. This is bad because people could believe this to be real and influence their opinion and therefore swaying which way the vote went.

In additon, social media impacts politics because the parties can pay for sights to target adverts of their party at you. For example, if Facebook had the information that you were a teacher, they could target an advert about how a party would give teachers a pay raise. This can impact people because you would immediately feel like that party wanted to do something for you. Also, this could impact you as you may feel more of a personal connection to the party- as if they are speaking directly to you. When,really, it is Facebook who are doing all the work.

However, there are reasons why social media is not totally to blame for people being impacted into voting a certain way. When you are growing up, your parents sometimes impart their views onto you - with their knowledge. This could sway what you believe as they are your parents. (obviously people at the BNC know to be open-minded, reasoning, skeptiscism and speaking up). Other people can impact your views such as friends, teachers, people on TV.

In conclusion, social media can have a massive impact on what we believe - politics wise. It can change our opinions and play an unfair game compared to the other parties. Yet, it is not the only thing that impacts us.

https://www.dw.com/en/twitter-criticizes-uk-conservatives-for-fact-check-rebrand/a-51327936

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OAoreomYfQM

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/election-2019-50677431

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  • Hammond School logo awesome_vegetable | Hammond Junior School A
    10 Jan 2020

    I think that social media influences us on politics because practically everyone has a mobile phone which means they can easily access information about politics which can basically change their opinions on politics.

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  • Hammond School logo consistent_date | Hammond Junior School A
    10 Jan 2020

    I think social media influences people's opinions on politics because a lot of politics tweets or posts can have fake information to persuade peoples opinions on them. This is not what a politician would do if they were honest and a reliable politician

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  • Hammond School logo determined_shrimp | Hammond Junior School B
    10 Jan 2020

    I think that social media influences voting because, if you are not sure about who to vote for and are 50/50, any biased posts can sway you in a certain direction and it might not be factual information. Also, parties may lie and not be selfless and say that they will do something and it will be a major priority like the NHS but then leave it to one side for a year, until it is in crisis and they are forced to spend in it. But social media isn’t the only thing that people’s views and opinions on politics, biased newspapers would show their opinion and try to make people change their mindset. For example, a Labour newspaper would have the front page saying Boris failed again, but a conservative newspaper would say, best prime minister, and a picture of Boris Johnson.

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  • Hammond School logo daring_lake | Hammond Junior School A
    13 Jan 2020

    I think another reason that social media can effect your view on politicians because people with very strong opinions will post about how bad or good politicians are and only highlight bad qualities about them and not show all of the good things they have done wich could of forced an opinion on someone that had faith in that politician .

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  • Hammond School logo happy_politics | Hammond Junior School A
    13 Jan 2020

    Social Media influences those who have not already got a strong opinion. This is because some people may strongly believe something, and will not have a changed opinion. They may even argue against the person who displayed their opinion. However, those who are unsure about their belief may change what they believe as the points someone has made may be stronger that their own.
    On Social Media, it is very rare for politics (or religion) to be the main subject. This is because everyone has a different opinion and it is a danger of arguments. This means that opinions are rarely changed.

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    1. tom Tom @ the BNC
      happy_politics's comment 13 Jan 2020

      There is a general idea that people shouldn't talk politics or religion at dinner tables, but I think there is a fair bit of political talk on social media!

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    2. Weston-Favell-logo-250x250.jpg honorable_conclusion | Weston Favell Academy
      happy_politics's comment 14 Jan 2020

      When I say that social media affects us, it does not necessarily mean that it is the main subject. It just means that it gets our attention.

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  • Ormiston Sudbury Academy free_iceberg | Ormiston Sudbury Academy
    14 Jan 2020

    I think social media influences peoples view point on politics as a large amount of people can share their views from different areas in the country. In the UK different areas tend to stay with the same political views such as the red wall in the north of the country, if the people there share their ideas people in the West for example may read then and change their mind if they understand more and others point of view. Also there is a lot of fake news shared on social media, meaning lies can easily be told to a mass of people who may not read newspapers or watch the news will easily pick up false information which can be used to sway there decision.

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  • Lyons Hall Primary School sensitive_introduction | Lyons Hall Primary School A
    14 Jan 2020

    I think social media can influence peoples' opinions on politics because it is estimated that more than 5 billion people have access to a device. In addition, half of that amount have a social media account such as Twitter, televisions and even the news. As an example, if someone well known, like The Queen for instance, had an opinion about a political event and posted it on social media, a lot of people would see it and it would eventually end up on televisions for the world to see. And as she is a role model and such an influence on other people, the public may side with her making the votes change just by just her opinion. However, The Queen has a way to ensure that this doesn't happen. She does not have a say in political decisions, does not vote in elections and keeps all her opinions to herself.

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  • Hillyfield School logo dynamic_squid | Hillyfield Primary Academy
    14 Jan 2020

    I agree with you. social media is a big influence on peoples views.

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  • Arnhem-Wharf-logo-250x250.jpg shining_brain | Arnhem Wharf Primary School
    14 Jan 2020

    as young as i am its hard to believe in stuff like influencing and peer pressure as something that could change the world! personally i think that social media especially could change the point of views. nowadays people think its cool to act like their Friends and make the same decisions but sometimes it could go to far. it could change what you think about .e.g: your sister. all because this one person thinks this you must think this too! but sometimes it could be a good thing that they are changing their point of view because they may have thought bad about something before but now they realise there aren't all bad. (i tried to be sceptical and open minded)

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  • Hammond School logo versatile_molecule | Hammond Junior School B
    15 Jan 2020

    I think social media influences our views. I think this because:
    Firstly, there is a lot of fake news on social media, this means that some people might believe some of that news and therefore their view point might be altered in some way. For example: There is a person who supports labour, that person goes on social media to find some fake news that says labour does not want to invest in education, that person might believe that and switch to conservative.
    Secondly, a lot of people might be influenced by a famous person on social media. For example: a celebrity might tell a lot of people why, lets just say, the conservatives are the best party, her/his facts might be true but the people who adore that famous person might switch their viewpoint just because their favourite celebrity has that viewpoint.
    Finally, I agree with daring lake, a politician or anyone really could highlight the bad in something. For example: a person might say, on social media, about how Jeremy Corbyn stumbled over childcare figures and then a person who supports labour might alter their viewpoint.

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    1. tom Tom @ the BNC
      versatile_molecule's comment 15 Jan 2020

      Good reasoning, versatile_molecule. Which of these three are most influential?

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    2. Graveney-logo-250x250.jpg lovable_writer | Graveney School
      versatile_molecule's comment 15 Jan 2020

      I agree with versatile_molecule because social media in the 21st century makes up a lot of our intake of news and many people spend many hours staring at a computer screen. Anyone would need immense willpower to not be influenced by anything they read on social media. The views of most people are shaped by which issues they see publicised on the news, which is how they form an opinion. If a certain issue was publicised more than the others, it is likely that those observing the headlines would become more interested and develop a stronger opinion on it. Overall, I believe that social media definitely has the power to influence people's ideas and thoughts.

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    3. Richmond-Hill-logo-250x250.jpg committed_physics | Richmond Hill Academy
      versatile_molecule's comment 24 Jan 2020

      Actually versatile_ molecule, social media will only affect those people who follow a specific person. And like you said in your comment if you really like what people are doing this sometimes influences you to agree with them. It does not affect people like who are not really interested in politics as they would like to express their view but if you are really into politics then you fight for it and you support the leader.

      But, I am against my own point as well as if you see that around the majority of people for example 70% are voting to continue with Brexit then you feel worried that you are on the wrong side and that you might be bullied or shouted at for your thoughts.

      Thank you,

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  • Graveney-logo-250x250.jpg skillful_passionfruit | Graveney School
    15 Jan 2020

    I think you would need a balance of the two. You wouldn't really need to use social media if you have a good impact on people and they actually want to listen to you when you're not posting.,while some may criticise others because "they aren't spreading their views enough and are being antisocial". I personally think that you should avoid posting on social media because the slightest things would be used against you. When you post I feel as if you haven't put the effort of telling them yourself.

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  • The Sherwood School grateful_crab | The Sherwood School
    15 Jan 2020

    I believe that, yes, social media could influence your views, due to the fact if someone said a good point or just expressed their viewpoint it might change your view on many things. Furthermore, if someone proves a point it could change your view significantly. We've seen many other politicians on social media.

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  • Lyons Hall Primary School generous_clarinet | Lyons Hall Primary School D
    16 Jan 2020

    i think that social media may be able to give you ideas but not fully change your opinion

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  • The Sherwood School giving_orangutan | The Sherwood School
    16 Jan 2020

    Social Media can really make people who do not speak as much express their ideas across the world which could be beneficial for people who do not catch up with the news or people who just do not have time. Presidents, politicians and PM's are all active on a social media website so if they can say what happens at the houses of parliament today they are helping people who do not understand politics but are also explaining to them what it is and how it affects the outside world. Little children who do not understand what is happening with the political issue they can ask their parents what is politics so that information that MP said is also helping children. Elderly people who read newspaper and things like that, the publishers of the newspaper can put what was the latest on social media with politics on that same newspaper so that the elderly understand why this has happened. If the information that this MP or whoever sent it and it goes viral in the politics industry newspapers should make it the biggest headline because politics involves tax, housing, road tax and many more things in the UK which is for our wellbeing.

    This is why I think social media can affect our political views.

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    1. tom Tom @ the BNC
      giving_orangutan's comment 17 Jan 2020

      Thank you for all these reasons. Should people use social media less because of this?

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  • Hammond School logo thoughtful_snow | Hammond Junior School A
    17 Jan 2020

    in my opinion I think it is not good for you because it can be fake and that will effect your own opinion and self because you will believe that something is not real and fake news can not influence you because it can effect your own opinion and lifestyle believing that something is going to happen because it is fake it is never going to happen because it is fake

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  • Hammond School logo miraculous_knowledge | Hammond Junior School A
    17 Jan 2020

    In my opinion I do think that social media can influence your option about politics or just a leader in general as other people's opinions can effect yours. For example if a news reporter isn't too keen on someone then they can be bios when they write up a news paper. The could over exaggerate or even lie and that might put you off the person. Not all things can be negative though. A news reported could really like the person that they are interviewing so then when they write up a news paper they could be bios and lie about a good thing. This is just as bad as someone's might change their mind about who they might want to vote for though everything could just be a lie. In my opinion I think that this is worse. So the answer to this question is yes social media can influence your option.

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  • Portobello-logo-250x250.jpg talented_clementine | Portobello High School
    17 Jan 2020

    I think that social media definitely effects what people vote for, and I definitely think voters should get less of their information from social media with all the fake news that is spread on it.

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  • Portobello-logo-250x250.jpg talented_clementine | Portobello High School
    17 Jan 2020

    I think that social media definitely effects what people vote for, and I definitely think voters should get less of their information from social media with all the fake news that is spread on it.

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  • Richmond-Hill-logo-250x250.jpg outstanding_passionfruit | Richmond Hill Academy
    17 Jan 2020

    Social media can definitely change people's viewpoints by: telling people fake stuff;only showing/telling people good stuff about some one;telling people who don't vote for that person mean thing ect. there for i thing social media does change peoples mind for the goo or bad

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  • Willowtown-logo-250x250.jpg fair_banana | Willowtown Community Primary School
    17 Jan 2020

    it could be all lies. the internet could give fake news and change peoples perspective.

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  • The Sherwood School cheerful_photograph | The Sherwood School
    20 Jan 2020

    Social Media has many different things on it which yes, can definitely influence a person's perspective of Politics. Many people use social media and they all have different points of view on politics. If they post something on social media about a political party that they do not favour it could include information that affects a party's reputation. This may be seen by followers that may then change their mind because they do not think the representative is the right person to express their views in the Houses of Parliament. Someone who does not listen to the radio or catches up with the news will be benefited with an opportunity to understand what is happening in their surroundings. Many private issues within politics and its leaders must be respected even if we want to know the problem. An example of this was when Boris Johnson had an argument with his wife which went on pretty much all the headlines. When things are released on Social Media it can be offensive to many because they may have wanted it to be put up there or maybe just because they will lose followers. Social Media is like the game Chinese whispers. As the message gets passed along it gets changed, so does Social Media people may purposefully highlight events that never took place so it is essential that they are careful. These are the reasons I think Social Media can affect different people’s point of view and how they treat what they dislike and they follow.

    - cheerful_photograph

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  • The Sherwood School cheerful_photograph | The Sherwood School
    20 Jan 2020

    To the BNC, some of my posts are not going through. I read the Hub Help but my posts are deleting straight away as soon as I post them.

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    1. tom Tom @ the BNC
      cheerful_photograph's comment 20 Jan 2020

      Thanks for your question, cheerful_photograph. Your poem was not published as we ask for questions and debates, and your last piece on government leaders and other countries contained first names, so we couldn't publish it as we can't put first names on the Hub. Hope that makes sense!

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  • The Sherwood School cheerful_photograph | The Sherwood School
    20 Jan 2020

    Sorry but they were made up names.

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    1. tom Tom @ the BNC
      cheerful_photograph's comment 21 Jan 2020

      OK, thanks for letting us know. In that case we will re-look at it. In future just make it clear if they are made up and to be on the safe side, just use Hub names.

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  • The Sherwood School cheerful_photograph | The Sherwood School
    20 Jan 2020

    Also yesterday, I had 15 stars and now I have 11. I was nearly at the leader board and the next time I saw it, it went back to 11 and four of my comments were deleted. can you please check this and put me back on 15 stars.

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    1. tom Tom @ the BNC
      cheerful_photograph's comment 21 Jan 2020

      We haven’t removed any of your comments, cheerful_photograph, so the stars awarded to you will be the right amount.

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  • Arnhem-Wharf-logo-250x250.jpg stellar_lion | Arnhem Wharf Primary School
    21 Jan 2020

    I think social media does influence our views because every day people are posting new pictures and videos and they may be about the news, specifically talking about one side of the argument.

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  • Lyons Hall Primary School enigmatic_ocean | Lyons Hall Primary School C
    21 Jan 2020

    i think social media can affect everyone's views because people can post stuff and it can change your ways of looking at it and make you think differently and have different ideas on things so therefor it can change your opinion but social media can also strengthen your opinion because they could post something with more facts than you thought there were so it gives you more of a reason to think that opinion is right. So its half and half because nobody can prove that social media influences the public's views no matter no matter how much proof.

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  • Lyons Hall Primary School healthy_deer | Lyons Hall Primary School C
    21 Jan 2020

    I think social media can change can change peoples views on social media, especially wen it,s a famous persons view or opinion. Personally i think famous people should be able to express there opinion but not threw there fame.

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  • Lyons Hall Primary School grateful_engineer | Lyons Hall Primary School C
    21 Jan 2020

    i think it does influence our lives because almost evryone has it so they can express our feelings and so can prime ministers

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  • Hammond School logo awesome_vegetable | Hammond Junior School A
    22 Jan 2020

    I think social media influences people politic views as everybody who has social Media can post, meaning they can easily be bias and force their opinion onto people who read it the post, which someone made making the reader change there opinion to agree with the writer of the post .Adding to this, their could “fake post”saying something untrue about an prime minister, meaning loss of people will be angry, annoyed at him or she , which will make a bad impression.To conclude, I think that social Media influences our political views.

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  • The Sherwood School productive_eel | The Sherwood School
    22 Jan 2020

    Initially ,social media should't affect your viewpoint but on the media you might see undesirable things about your leader.Famous people shouldn't be able to affect your views because that is theirs not yours.This means social media is not giving you the right to your opinion .Overall i think social media mainly affects die hard fans because they are the ones that manly listen to the famous famous celebrities.

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  • Hammond School logo spirited_pear | Hammond Junior School A
    23 Jan 2020

    Yes they can because if everyone was talking about how bad Boris Johnson was then you would thing that they are a bad person.If you never had a clue what anyone else think then you would actually have your own opinion.

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  • Hammond School logo adventurous_tennis | Hammond Junior School B
    24 Jan 2020

    Yes I think that social media can influence your political views because someone could say support Labour and post some fake news and then it could influence your apinion and then you might support Labour and not the Conservatives and then another party might win but if the party that you did support then you will then be very disappointed and annoyed

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  • Hammond School logo skillful_turtle | Hammond Junior School A
    24 Jan 2020

    I believe that social media can influence your opinion in politics. First of all people could put on social media about how much they dislike a person and they could over exaggerate or even lie. This could influence your opinion as they could put something that was a lie and will make you feel differently about a person. But in the other hand someone could lie about a good thing that could influence decisions as well.

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