Credibility and Freedom of Choice in Social Media in Relation with Traditional Media

IonuČ› SUCIU


Abstract:

The emergence of social networks and their development as sources of information gave the general feeling of greater freedom of expression. Canceling the dependence on print or transmission licenses has created the right space for free and unallocated distribution of information. There is a judgment that journalists are finally free because they no longer depend on media owners and the public has new options generated by these networks - the ability to select information from a much wider range of offers; and the opportunity to make its voice heard by broad masses of people without the mediation of traditional media sources. However, despite the seemingly free choice in terms of choosing the news it sees, the friends or the pages it is watching, the audience is subject to social network control, which selects the content displayed in the feed according to its own algorithms. This poses the matter of a debate and, of course, of some questions. To what extent does social networks influence our choices between what is genuine and what is not, between real and false information, between public posts and sponsored posts? How has the traditional media reacted to the changes made with the development of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.? There are questions this present paper tries to answer to. The research was carried out following the pursuit of the evolution of trends in the field for several years, both as a journalist and as an observer.

Keywords: Social media; Journalism; New media; Digitalization; Facebook.

DOI: 10.24193/jmr.32.2

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