Social Media Con Artists

This is a little article about how the internet has made it easier to be able to spot “fake” information, anyone can just hop online from virtually anywhere and “fact check”.The article uses the example of playing a trivia game, and before the age of internet and computers, a person could just make up an answer that was convincing enough for anyone to believe. Now, anyone can just do a simple google search and catch that same person in their lie.

Now, with the social media technology, many con artists are trying to fool society, whether it be Lance Armstrong tweeting that he never was doping to the world, or your best friend creating a fake profile and pretending to be someone else. The article states some solutions to the problem that social media sites are creating when it comes to fake information. There should be better controls (on social media sites back end) on who can make profiles, and what sort of things they can post to eliminate this issue of con artists in social media.

Read full article here.


Posted by: Tiffany Calkins


3 thoughts on “Social Media Con Artists

  1. Its like that saying, “On the internet no one knows your a dog.” Its scary that its so easy to pose as one person, but can really be the complete opposite. Like the show that has become very popular on MTV called Catfish where the host of this show investigates into a couple’s online relationship to find out whether the person on the other end is who they say they are. Much like the Manti Te’o controversy mentioned in the article. It would be helpful, like the author said, if the social media websites could put some measures in place to help people recognize more clearly the warning signs of a fraudulent account.

    -Jessica Kennedy

  2. Tiffany,
    Great post. First, I have only seen people ask Siri dumb questions. Second, this is a lovely article. Isn’t it kind of interesting that people can simultaneously lie and fact check? Crazy.

  3. I found the article by John Pavley to be amusing. I too think that cell phones and computers have taken the fun and excitement out of the occasional white lie or fun story. Too many times I have been at social gatherings where people have been preoccupied with their cell phones, trying to search for information which they will forget within minutes. The post at the very heart of it is about how we can manipulate and deceive each other with technology.
    I enjoyed hearing the ways in which Pavley listed to prevent and protect specific information. I think the Lance Armstrong debacle, and the way his hard fans have been reacting, has been surprising. He had cancer and came back to win seven tour de France titles. And yes, he tweeted and posted that their was no way he was cheating. Whether you’re reading it on your I-phone or laptop he cheated and you don’t need technology to come to that conclusion.
    Iñaki O.

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