Today billions of people start their day surfing on their smartphones placed next to their pillows. Better yet, surf the social media. Be it news, and to know the status of friends or loved ones, social media is a big reality of today’s times. It started two decades ago today. Today is the birthday of popular social media platform Facebook. Launched on February 4, 2004, this social media platform has changed many aspects of reality for a long time. Appearing on the stage in the way he showed, the social media has also changed a lot with all the new platforms. In the long term, the question can be raised that what has the world really got in these 20 years of Facebook?
Social media is an alternative space for today’s youth. Two decades ago this place might have been a playground, hangout or something. These are still there. But the behavior of the youth present in these places has changed. A trip to a restaurant or a trip to a mountain or a beach has become pointless now, if one doesn’t ‘check-in’ with pictures of those places or take beautiful pictures and post them on social media.
How many new people have joined this social media! Let’s talk about selfies. This platform has introduced many different types of selfies. It has involved its name in the starting point of many controversies, loves and conflicts. Today’s young population, even the elderly, are addicted to social platforms. It gave birth to and popularized ‘meme’ or thousands of such words.
Facebook has become synonymous with the birth and growth of social media. No he’s not the only one. There’s also X (formerly Twitter), Instagram, TikTok, Likey; How much more! Each of them moves differently. Depending on the type of platform, who becomes popular there is different. If you become popular enough, you will get the title of ‘Social Media Influencer’ again. This is not just recognition. It is also quite economical.
Social media doesn’t stop at socializing, it also stops at monetizing it. That is, no matter how ‘personal’ you claim to be, your viewing-listening or likes-dislikes etc. are all social, political and most definitely economic. At the same time, this is a source of endless debate. The higher the contention, the higher the mileage and hence the potential for income.
This debate has been closely intertwined with Facebook for the past few years. As a result, there has also been economic progress. Even children now know the name and age of Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg. And without wealth, fame and fortune do not come. Zuckerberg has been among the top richest people in the world for the last few years. On February 1, he announced the value of his company. how much 1 million 20 thousand US dollars! The question may arise that this is the price of Meta. right But this is Zuckerberg’s company, who started with Facebook and became a tech mogul today.
The day before that, however, Zuckerberg was summoned to the US Senate along with other tech CEOs in the US Congress. Senators washed them well once again. Why? For constantly spreading malicious content such as misinformation, incitement to violence on social platforms.
A thousand words can be said about the rise and fall of social media, but there is no denying that it gave birth to a new concept. Social media became popular by claiming to make up for the shortcomings of traditional media in the process of constant communication with readers and viewers. It opens up an endless avenue of expression of personal grievances, good or bad, along with the media coverage. Much like an intoxicated person, people crave self-expression. But this revelation again opens the way for various arguments, which sometimes try to block the path of the known reality. Because of this, the group-culture of social media is created. Some are closed, some are open groups. As a result, various classes and sub-classes started to take place in this new reality, some of which are in conflict with each other.
Currently, especially on Facebook, the character of the platform is held by these classes and sub-classes, and the opportunity for the social media to claim itself as free speech has decreased. The popularity of social media with the aim of promoting and spreading free speech, has not only been wrong but also has the stigma of purposefully disseminating false information. As a result, social media has lost a lot of credibility at this time. Yes, people are still obsessed with it. But at the same time, people are also becoming aware that they have to keep their eyes on the media to get specific information. This awareness has alerted the social media owners to some extent. They are now putting various tags on information. Various posts are also being removed. They are cutting out some very important news in this sweep. Defying algorithms and removing content that goes against particular interests. The recent Gaza or Ukraine issue is the biggest proof of this. As a result, their caution is measured mainly in terms of the demands of the West. This point is the biggest question now.
All in all, social media is still demanding socialization of people present in the digital world, cracks have already appeared. Now the question of his global bias has arisen. Appearing on the cusp of socialization, he has to take the responsibility of driving the real society to further polarization. It is true that people are still going to these platforms to find their own narcissistic attitude and easy way to be popular, but for how long it will last, there are serious doubts. This depends entirely on the self-renewing Munsiana of these platforms.