Social media can be fun if it isn’t abused. When abuse occurs, it becomes a deadly toxin.
A social media lie has been making the rounds about House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and this idiotic notion that she grabbed $2.4 billion from a Social Security fund to pay for the impeachment inquiry under way in the House of Representatives.
It ain’t true. Yet it’s gone viral.
My gut reaction when I first heard of it was: Wait a second; the speaker doesn’t have that kind of authority. The speaker cannot move money around unilaterally.
Fact-checkers have debunked the notion. Pelosi is too smart a politician, too adroit and too shrewd to even consider doing something such as that.
This, therefore, presents a profound example of how social media can be weaponized. Let us take greater care when reading this nonsense.
Factcheck.org lays it out here.
How about we all just settle down and let this process play out?