Whilst there are many problems that are being caused by the impact and reach of social media, the availability of information and the evolution of how it is affecting life is a process that politicians are unable to control.
The example of Vladimir Putin’s attempts to tell the West that the bombing of Ukraine was fake news being the case in point.
No matter how hard any controlling politician tries, they will not prevent the dissemination of information within audiences that they wish to control.
Ironically, whilst fake news – or what in mainstream media terms is the publishing of opinion that we are then told is news – is causing governments around the world all sorts of problems, the end destination of what we are witnessing will be a new reality for truth and openness. One where leaders will only be able to function by telling is the truth, as the sheer weight of numbers of information sources will make it impossible for them to do otherwise.