ichbinhier The Club Sunday, 20 January 2019
Dear online editors for Facebook pages with a large reach: That’s not going to work out well!
Your comment columns will be flooded with disinformation, calls to violence, inflammatory comments, lies and twists. Clarifications are missing! Above all, however, there are no calls for omission and the sanctioning of insults and insults. What is this all about?
Under such comments then still many Likes and confirmations will leave. We have often enough pointed out that only a few people want to create the impression of a majority by multiple accounts in the comment columns. Online campaign helpers meet on exactly such media sites where they can bucket and spread their messages undisturbed.
Your Facebook pages degenerate into huge echo chambers. And apparently you don’t care. That’s negligent!
Daily we fight on your pages with fake and multiple profiles, have to laugh at us and let us make a fool of ourselves. If the report is about an act of violence, we are wished: “Hopefully it’ll meet you sometime!
A special example is the Facebook page of ZDF today: We all pay the broadcasting fee and thus also the Facebook appearance, the editors and the preparation of the social media content. And I really don’t see it that trolls, fake profiles and sock puppets chase me away from the pages of a media company financed by the general public.
Very clearly, of course, I don’t want freedom of expression to be restricted. Problems must, of course, be pointed out, but please with a sense of proportion. This is not about “opinion dictatorship”. The word alone is nonsense. Freedom of expression is rather endangered by those who dominate your comment columns with their campaigns. You willingly leave the field to them.
I am tired that we have been warning about this abuse of the comment columns for months without you doing anything about it. I am firmly convinced that regulation through moderation would have a moderating influence.
You allow discourse to be driven away from your sides. It just doesn’t happen because we have to deal with the fact that accounts relativize the Holocaust, demand the death penalty or live out violent and vigilante fantasies online.
Of course, we also have to ask ourselves again and again whether we are prepared to accept other opinions or whether we might wrongly and too quickly put people in a corner. No question about it.
And yet, dear Facebook editors: Please think about whether you want to be made a tool by people who want to destroy our state. With the constant fomenting of fears and the questioning of the rule of law. And whether you would like to have populist propaganda up to conspiracy theories, massive disinformation and trivialization of the Nazi era on your sides.
Alex Urban for the action group #ichbinhier
ichbinhier wishes for online media:
1. less trigger topics!
Make a broader choice of topics and don’t use the spiral of excitement, which is constantly kept going by a small, noisy minority, by writing disproportionately about immigration, “foreigner crime” pp.
2. facts instead of speculation!
Report, if facts are there, otherwise refer to the publications of the police. Who has little information about a current event, should report cautiously and inflate not few partial information to a large history. We must all strive to endure uncertainty. This applies to journalists and readers alike.
3. no click baiting. Serious journalism can do without it.
Please no clickbaiting through lurid and partly misleading headlines and provoking violent emotions!
4. handle your reach responsibly!
And one way or another: Whoever uses the social media for reach is also responsible for what is going on under the articles in the comment column. The first comments influence the frame of interpretation for the contents. An attentive moderation is essential!
5. make your comment columns a feel-good place for democrats!
Your readers should also feel comfortable in the comment columns. Therefore enforce your netiquette! Make the comment columns a place where people can exchange ideas without having to be afraid of being insulted and attacked. If you moderate well, you will create a community that consists of real people and supports you in the long run. Profiles that personally attack other users and those that are hostile to humans should be blocked.
6. stand for journalistic quality!
Explain your standards over and over again. Not only because we need a good fact base for good debates, but so that we and the members of your communities can separate the good from the bad in the abundance of information and demand this standard elsewhere.
Translated with http://www.DeepL.com/Translator
Taken over by the association ichbinhier, which published this text on its Facebook page «Offener Brief an Online-Redaktionen und Journalisten» and made it freely available.
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