An image showing a dead baby is wildly shared on facebook, blaming Israel for genocide. The image stirs up the pot, attracting all kinds of convective comments and responses, which in turn add more fuel to the fire of hate.
A few hours or days later, a foreign news agency refutes the authenticity of the image. It turns out it’s actually an image from the last massacre in Syria. But the damage is already done. Many will go on thinking exactly what the agitators wanted them to think. Sounds familiar?
Welcome to the world of false information. Where almost anyone can create, publish and spread fictional facts as honest truth.
Up until a few years ago you couldn’t do that, since it required access to mass media sources. Nowadays you simply build a website or post something on facebook, and its viral potential can go sky high. And facts be damned.
We’re living in the information age for the last 30 years. So much knowledge and information are available to us, right at our finger tips, that we can’t access it all even if we wanted to.
But even when we do find the info we wanted, it turns out not all of it is a true representation of reality. Some people make considerable efforts to spread misleading information about various topics, and unfortunately they succeed.
Did the Holocaust happen? Not according to google results
Exactly in the same manner mentioned above, there are those who intentionally create and spread false information about the Holocaust.
Just search google.com for the phrase “did the holocaust happen“, and see which website is ranked number 1 for that query: a neo-nazi forum which denies the Holocaust.
They may believe the information they possess is real, but so do people who refuse to vaccinate their children due to a very sophisticated conspiracy network of rumors.
No one in their right minds would argue the Earth is flat; so how can some people deny historical events, which have hundreds of thousands of survivors, images, movies, concentration camp wrecks and Nazi documentations?
When facts are flexible, history is negotiable
For many people, science is considered as the ultimate source of knowledge and factual information about the world. For others, it is not.
So who’s right? Whoever makes the most noise; especially when the web and social networks are concerned.
Various archaeological findings clearly and unmistakably pinpoint the Jewish people in the Land of Israel as far as 2,800 years ago. That simple fact doesn’t stop those who continually claim Israel stole and occupied lands from others.
This new form of anti-semitism is the latest fashion, and Holocaust denial is a big part of it, along with the BDS movement, etc. There were always those who denied that the Holocaust ever existed; but the difference now lies in the fact that every child who searches google for knowledge – will be indoctrinated by the most vicious lies, gaining an advantage on real facts.
Repeat something often enough and it will become the truth
Ain’t that the truth, especially in the closed biospheres of google and facebook. Although they both try to fight this ugly trend, the cold hard truth remains – both google and facebook are simply machines. Sophisticated, indeed, but still machines which spew information according to popularity scores such as links, mentions, likes, comments, and shares.
Jews are the global scapegoat since medieval blood libels, and it seems the world keeps coming up with fresh, new reasons to sustain those false facts even in the enlightened 21th century.
BDS movement, Holocaust denial, Israel’s right to exist and defend itself – all of this is a result of a very sophisticated, continuous diabolic propaganda, which unfortunately works and sounds better than the truth itself.
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