why do people get so upset at flat earthers. flat earthers, of course, are wrong, but i dont see why they should be attacked for it. it doesnt harm anyone i think

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@h Gateway into even more conspiracy theories. If you believe that NASA is faking images or whatever and that scientists keep lying, you will also be likely to believe that (insert any right-wing conspiracy theory here that regularly leads towards (direct or indirect) violence towards a minority)

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@kescher thats fair, but honestly i think debunking flat earthers over and over again doesnt solve the problem much. ive seen time and time again the flat earthers saying "Why are we being censored? Surely we must be onto something!!"
I feel like maybe a better response would be to ignore it, not draw any more attention to it
(also sorry for not adding a cw in my original post ☹️)

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@h ignoring would have the exact same effect. "they aren't discussing it because they know they can't censor it", etc. yada yada

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@kescher when i made the post i was thinking about these warning labels youtube has been adding for a few years now

if i was a flat earther id wonder "why does youtube not want me to believe flat earth?" which leads to looking into it more. i dont think anyone sees this warning and thinks "Oh, wikipedia says the flat earth model is archaic, i guess im wrong"

and if youtube believes flat earth is a harmful conspiracy theory, maybe the videos should just be shadowbanned entirely ????? that seems like maybe a better solution?

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Shit. forgot alt text:
Screenshot of YouTube warning label on Flat Earth.
Heading: "Flat Earth", linking to Wikipedia
Caption: The flat Earth model is an archaic and scientifically disproven conception of Earth's shape as a plane or disk.

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@h shadowbanning would still "prove them right". any opposition, and ignoring is one, makes them believe in it more.
That's why people disprove it - to prevent people from falling into a cult of nonsense that ultimately leads to harassing minorities.

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@kescher yeah but at least then there wouldnt be new people joining the "movement". which is most important with dangerous conspiracy theories. its harder to convince someone theyre wrong than to just prevent them from ever finding the conspiracy bs in the first place

every so often i click on some garbage video and then click on some other garbage video over and over just to see where it takes me and pretty much every time youtube sends me to conspiracy shit. and its no surprise why that happens, but it is surprising that these videos have a warning on them but are still being suggested

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@kescher if you shadowban something, so it can never show up in anyones recommendations, that would severely limit the spread of the movement. but yet youtube seems to still not be interested in doing that

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@h yeah, it should definitely be done in addition to existing measures.

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