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Looks like the BBC are about to go on another tirade about FET.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/w3csyvn1

Is YouTube to blame for the rise of flat Earth?

Many people who believe the Earth is not round first heard the idea on YouTube. But how important was the video-sharing website in helping the flat Earth movement grow?

This radio broadcast is scheduled to initially air today at 10:06PM BST, and will be available on-demand shortly after. It'll be interesting to see just how creative they get with the subject this time.

For those who don't remember or weren't here at the time: the last time the BBC touched the subject, we had to lodge a complaint regarding their defamatory misuse of our logo, ultimately forcing them to remove it from their materials.
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Re: BBC Trending - "Is YouTube to blame for the rise of flat Earth?"
« Reply #1 on: July 14, 2019, 11:36:28 AM »
Looks like the BBC are about to go on another tirade about FET.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/w3csyvn1

Is YouTube to blame for the rise of flat Earth?

Many people who believe the Earth is not round first heard the idea on YouTube. But how important was the video-sharing website in helping the flat Earth movement grow?

This radio broadcast is scheduled to initially air today at 10:06PM BST, and will be available on-demand shortly after. It'll be interesting to see just how creative they get with the subject this time.

For those who don't remember or weren't here at the time: the last time the BBC touched the subject, we had to lodge a complaint regarding their defamatory misuse of our logo, ultimately forcing them to remove it from their materials.


My guess is that the larger context of BBC's reporting is going to be about how social media (i.e. videos like YouTube) can tend to influence certain people's mind into believing in conspiracy theories or non-mainstrean beliefs, such as believing that the Earth is flat as an example.

There are various papers one can access and read in what is being called "Bullshit Receptivity". Bullshit Receptivity being the tendency for a person with specific character trait(s) to be more easily believe in fake news, being influenced into believing in knowingly false notions, or conspiracy because of things like their need and want to feel secure in an uncertain world, their need to feel part of a unique group-think that makes them feel special, a sense of belonging, or their general distrust and disdain for anything having to do with the government.

Social media's influence can tend to be quite strong and so my guess is it's about the larger context of why and how certain people can tend to be more easily influenced.
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Re: BBC Trending - "Is YouTube to blame for the rise of flat Earth?"
« Reply #2 on: July 14, 2019, 05:42:12 PM »
They ask "Can the genie ever be put back into the bottle?"

Yes. By producing independent, repeatable, and conclusive evidence that the earth is a globe.