While social media are powerful tools to engage with the public, the existing networks are advertisement businesses and thus have a financial incentive to maximize the number of accounts and clicks.
This results in the existence of simple and cheap ways for organisations to control hundreds of thousands of accounts with only a few employees at clickfarms. Therefore the visibility and number of likes / reposts does not reflect actual population numbers.
Governments need to provide an open-source sybil-proof identity verification for social network accounts, administered at municipal level where regular real-life verification and human interaction is possible. Ideally, those social networks should also discount “likes” based on how many likes the account gives in total.
This is basic IT infrastructure and should be funded under regular infrastructure spending.
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