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.