Technology has significantly changed how we engage in democracy. A focus on consumption of social media becomes even more important in an environment characterized by rapidly evolving global co-occurring crises. Without the tools and skills to determine the quality of information we consume and share, we are at risk of spreading (mis)information purposefully designed to manipulate our views and opinions.
For social workers, we must keep our ethical responsibilities central as we wade through, disseminate, and engage with information. The code of ethics affirms our obligation to “not participate in, condone, or be associated with dishonesty, fraud, or deception.” Social workers have an obligation to challenge the information used to inform our personal views and political decisions, and to push back against the attempt to manipulate our views.