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During the Brexit vote both sides of the argument espoused empirically unsubstantiated claims. The Remain campaign warned of impending economic meltdown right after the vote to exit the EU – that did not happen. The Leave campaign notoriously promised that Brexit would enable the UK to restore the sovereignty of the Parliament. It now turns out that government minters will be able to amend repatriated EU legislation as they wish. Boris Johnson famously promised to ‘take control’ over the £350 million a week we ‘send to Brussels’ (UK’s contributions to the EU budget). We knew then that the net sum was actually around £156 million. We now know that the UK will end up paying into EU’s coffers long after it exits.

Was the proliferation of these threats and promises a hallmark of a post-truth society?

What role did social media platforms play in proliferating these unsubstantiated claims?
• Have people really had enough of experts, as Michael Gove had claimed?
• Was #ProjectFear an example of misinformation or disinformation?

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It is because of Brexit that our country is now becoming one of the worst performing in G7. (the G7 is the group 7 which includes: USA, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United Kingdom. this is alarming because in last years referendum we were at the top of the list of best performing.  Brexit has also now raised questions for technology. there has been research about workers. it has shown that workers are now much more less willing to come to the uk than they were before the...

tabby goodliffe
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tabby goodliffe

I think that it is time for us as citizens to wake up and realise that the media and political campaigners will say almost anything to get our votes. This is the new reality and while it is their fault we cannot just complain - we must take the time to become informed citizens rather than accepting what we a told. While the parties and media must accept the most blame for the highly doctored narratives they feed us it is time to start to question these narratives rather than accepting them...

Gina Hobbs
by Gina Hobbs
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Gina Hobbs

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Benjamin Ollerenshaw
by Benjamin Ollerenshaw
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Benjamin Ollerenshaw
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There might be people who changed their thoughts about Brexit just because a piece of information they saw on the social media. But we cannot make sure whether the information is real or fake.  Can I ask your opinion?  Have you changed your idea before just because something you saw on the social media?

EMILY
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can we trust any sides of the brexit campaigns? the remain campaign used out of date data and stated this: ‘Two thirds of British jobs in manufacturing are dependent on demand from Europe’ – Alan Johnson and then later on reevaluated their statistics and came out it was 17.5%   and the exit campaign said: ‘The UK loses out because other members favour a highly regulated and protectionist economy’ – Jacob Rees-Mogg this is suggesting that we don't have much power and that we...

charlotte ness
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charlotte ness

I believe that social media platforms play a big part in politics and the Brexit referendum, it plays both a negative and positive roll. I am towards the end of that it is more positive then negative social media is an active part of our lives and my generation have grown up with it so we need to get used to it. Social media gives the right for everyone to broadcast their opinion and educates other people What do you think?

Amelia Young
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Amelia Young

With so much information out there, how, as young people, are we meant to understand what information is truthful and who is fabricating ideas to lead us astray? There is no way of getting a full scale of information and nearly al the information that is presented to us is twisted in one way or another to make us vote 'remain' or 'leave'. With this lack of clarity surrounding such an important issue, who are we to believe?

Nathan Wiesheu
by Nathan Wiesheu
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Nathan Wiesheu
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Technology is the most powerful influencer in the 21st century without question - social media lying at its heart. While its concept holds multiple advantages (increased ease of communication etc..) it's political accuracy is often blurred or biased. The majority of the younger population are quite frankly uninformed about politics. Unless you attend a school where political ideas are heavily enforced and debated, it's very easy to sit on the side-line and watch it all pass without giving...

Emily Taylor
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Emily Taylor

Social media clearly plays a huge part in the modern person's life and therefore has become a huge part of modern politics. Many people use social media as their main source of news, and we have seen this can be exploited; such as in many claims of Russian meddling, especially in the US election. Do you think that social media needs to be controlled to stop its large influence on politics? Or do you think that this is modern society and with the great benefits of such platforms, there...

Ed Turner
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Ed Turner

There's been some debate on this platform and in my life about trust in the political system and/or politicians. I'm interested to hear other people's opinions on this: Can we trust politicians to do what they say anymore? After the Brexit referendum I became quite cynical of this and have the view that political campaigns are now more focused on marketing than policies or points that can actually come to fruition. So, what do you think? Can political campaigns ever be the same?

Ed Turner
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