Object 1: The Trump’s tweet
May 27, 2021
This image is a tweet by former US President Donald Trump. In this tweet, Trump points out that mail voting can be fraudulent, and in fact, it was done in California. First of all, Trump’s tweets contained a lot of false information, and other politicians and experts demanded Twitter to fact check his tweets. However, some people believed Trump’s tweets to be true. In fact, when Trump tweeted that the presidential election was fraudulent and shouldn’t be forgiven, those who thought the tweet was true rioted in protest and even died. However, it is not clearly indicated whether there was any injustice.
From this example, Trump’s knowledge can be seen to influence the knowledge of others. We know that misinformation can be spread on social media, such as twitter. This is easily accessible to anyone who has access to the internet. At the time Trump tweeted this message, he had 88.7 million followers. Twitter marked this tweet with a warning, for his followers to fact check this information. Many of his followers decided to take actions based on his baseless tweets, which eventually led to 4 people dying (including 1 police officer) and 453 people being arrested.
Therefore, in social media, our knowledge sometimes depends on our interactions with other knowers. Even though most people did not believe what Trump said to be true, there was a small proportion of his followers who believed him enough to take action based on the trust and belief they had in him. Hence we can conclude, that in this case knowledge is based on our interactions with others.